We were not designed for mediocrity; something deep within us cries out for excellence. When we are not performing at our best we tend to make justifications for our behavior, but the feeling that we know we can do better will haunt us. One of the ways it manifests itself is unrest.
Last week I wrote about learning to rest in God. This is very difficult if we are living in mediocrity. It is very difficult to be at rest when we know we haven’t done our job to the best of our ability, or when we know we’ve done just enough to get by. When God gave me the goal to write and publish my book in 90 days, I was sick to my stomach. The thought of failing to live up to such a large goal really scared me. After accepting the challenge and sharing it publicly there was no turning back. During the time I was writing I had energy like never before, it was as if an invisible force was propelling me forward. Nothing could sway me from completing this goal and making it a reality.
My goal was reached in 77 days. It was a miracle how God opened the doors around me to enable me to reach what seemed like an impossible goal. Looking back there are things that could’ve been done differently, but that’s the point. It doesn’t have to be perfect; you just have to do your best with what you have at the present moment. In Colossians 3:22-25, Paul talks about doing the best that we can in everything we do. God wants us to go for the gusto! Dream big and put all our energy and heart into what is laid out before us. Charles R. Swindoll has said “We are all faced with great opportunity brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
The trick is to strive for excellence and not perfection. We will not achieve perfection here on this earth, but when we remain teachable and continue to move forward no matter what the circumstances, we will achieve excellence. Hard work beats out talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. We can’t see the end of our journey, we just need to keep taking one more step no matter how hard it seems and continue to walk in faith. Many people we look up to that have accomplished great things have had a string of failures that are rarely looked at. We don’t remember the failures, but remember the successes. So we need to let go of the fear that we will not succeed the first time and continue to move forward.
Recently my family and I had the opportunity to watch the movie “Soul Surfer”. What an inspiration! This young woman had such a passion for surfing that she simply would not dwell on her failures, but learned from them and continued to move forward to her ultimate goal of becoming a professional surfer. She did this despite the loss of her arm. What a lesson for us all!
In what areas of your life are you accepting mediocrity?