Anything But Average

This last Super Bowl was anything but average. Every one of those athletes that performed in that game was anything but average. Usually, the team that wins is an above average team, and we can say that the Patriots are an above average team. Tom Brady is an above average quarterback.

At the end of the day, when thinking about our lives, we’re all pretty average and ordinary individuals. When we give our lives to Christ, we give a lot of things up. One of the things we give up is being average. Yeah, that’s right. Listen, I know all of us feel like ordinary and average run-of-the-mill human beings, and really, that’s who we are. We serve an extraordinary God. We may be ordinary, but the God we serve is extraordinary. God’s plan for us is to be anything but average. He wants you to be anything but an “average Joe/Jane”.

I don’t want to be an average husband; I want to be above average. I don’t want to have an average marriage.  I didn’t want to be an average parent; I wanted to be an above average parent to my kids when they were little. Even today, as my kids are grown adults, I don’t want to be just an average dad. I don’t want to be just an average worker. I don’t want to be a part of just an average church. I believe God called us to be above average, and give up being content with simply being average.

People that are above average go beyond what’s required of them. They go beyond what’s expected of them. It always comes back to them. When you go above and beyond in your relationships, career, school, church, etc, it always comes back to you in some way. It’s as though God rewards that effort. Jesus said that if someone compels you to go one mile, go two miles with them. In life it’s sometimes easier to be a “half-miler” or a “one-miler” and do what’s expected of you, to do just enough to get by. Maybe you do just enough in your marriage or relationships to get by. Jesus has called us to go the extra mile, not to be “just enoughers”, but “above and beyonders”. There are enough of those in our world. They do just enough to get by, just enough not to get fired, but God wants us to go above and beyond.

I like what Zig Ziglar said: “There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.”  Andrew Carnegie said that the average person puts 25% of his or her energy and ability into their work. Imagine all the average people working around you today (I believe you are above average) who are only giving 25% of their effort and ability in what they do. Carnegie said that the world takes their hat off to those that give 50%, but the world stands on its head for those few people that go far beyond what’s expected and give 100%.

I believe as Christians we should give 100% and give our very best to what God has entrusted unto us. Don’t just give 25% or 50%; give 100% because you are anything but average. God’s not called us to lead an average life. The Bible states in Lev 23:25 “You shall do no ordinary work.”  I kind of like the play on words in that verse. God’s not called you or me to do an ordinary job. Why is that?  It’s because we serve an extraordinary God. We give him our everyday ordinary life and he takes it, blesses it, anoints it, and something extraordinary can come out of it.

The Bible says in Acts 19:11 through Apostle Paul, God did out of the ordinary miracles.  In Acts 7:20, the Bible speaks of Moses, that when he was born he was not an ordinary child.  When you were born, you were no ordinary child. When you are born again, you are no ordinary Believer. I believe that there’s something special in your life and you should believe that, too.

Let’s be anything but average. Go out, go above and beyond, and be 100 percenters. Let’s not just go 1/2 mile; let’s go the extra mile. It will always come back to each of us in good measure, shaken together and running over.

Have a great week. You are God’s best!

Carl

 

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