A friend shared with me a story of how this past year a woman she's know since her youth, who mentored her and paid for her college education refused to see her, telling her that she's become too "common".
I wish you could meet my friend. She's lovely. Her husband ministers in a small town church, having chosen this particular denomination knowing it was a mission field filled with religion but lacking relationship. There's a passel of boys in their home who are as well behaved as little boys ought to be and so nice to have around.
Her story shocked me and I could tell it had hurt her. Who of us would want to be called "too common", knowing we've disappointed someone we respected but also knowing we weren't at fault?
I hope my friend realizes that God uses the common, even choosing them for the most important roles in His master plan. A tax collector? Fisherman? How about a modern day grocery clerk, bank teller, and pastor's wife?
I began to think about common people in God's word. Joseph came from a wealthy family but became a slave whom God used to save a nation from famine. Deborah was "just" a woman who ruled with divine authority. Mighty King David was a shepherd. From shepherds and slaves to prostitutes and an illegitimately pregnant teen age woman, all became vital and important players in the story of our Salvation. Common? Low class? All of them.
I' m convinced God chooses to use the common because He can shine through them. The common don't have big titles of importance to block the view of God or prestige that will compete for attention.
It all urges me to be content in being a common housewife and Mama. Be encouraged too.