Dec 28, 2016
So is being considered average a good
thing? If you are called average, how
does that make you feel? When is the
last time you heard someone say; “I am striving just to become average – I sure
hope someday I can become average!”
I think most of you would agree with me that average is not very inspiring or motivating. As individuals, we generally don’t plan our day striving for average, and as parents we don’t generally hope our children will be average. And yet, when we look up the definition of average we are quickly humbled to realize that the majority of us, regardless of role and responsibility in life, are just that – Average. So I ask you once again; is being average a good thing or a bad thing? My answer – it depends. Just maybe we have allowed the world to falsely cast doom and gloom on this average human race.
I don’t believe any of us intentionally set out in life to be average. From our early childhood years on we are taught about goals, achievement, success and the like; yet only a few in life achieve the label of exceptional, superstar, best in class. Does that mean that average doesn’t matter? Hardly! See, it’s not about a label someone assigns you in life. It’s about discovering your gifts and talents and sharing them with others. The more often we use our talents, the stronger they become. No different than a muscle that increases and gets stronger the more it is exercised.
Gifts and talents kept to yourself are of no value to anyone. How do you realize you have a talent in the first place? Often it is when someone tells you, after you shared your talent with them. It is obvious to me God does not make average. Let me say that again, God does not make an average human being. The miracle of your birth alone is far greater than any one word can describe. It is God who planted those talents in you at birth in the first place. It was out of His love for you that he made you who you are. What He asks in return is pretty clear – love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all you mind and serve Him by serving others.
Nothing average about that!
My Thought for Your Day
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
About the Author
Paul Minzlaff and his family have been members of Hales Corners Lutheran Church for almost 25 years. Paul has focused his service on serving as a lay worship leader as well as in men’s ministry, Ebenezer and Life coaching, and he is also currently completing a 2nd term on the Board of Directors. Paul is married to Pam and, together, they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Erika.
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