Stuck in the Middle
I want to talk to you today about being stuck in the middle. When I think of being stuck in the middle, I think of being average. Nobody wants to be average in life and stuck in the middle. For example, if you are on a Southwest Airlines flight, or any flight, you don’t want to get stuck in the middle seat. You want an aisle or window seat, but nobody wants the middle seat.
Remember Middle School? You didn’t want to be in Middle School; you wanted to be in High School. No one wants to be stuck in the middle of two friends who are in a disagreement. Or, when referring to the middle of the day, that’s the hottest part of the day. We like early morning or late evening, but we don’t want to be stuck in the middle.
In human history, we talk about the Middle Ages, which were some bad times for humanity. Or, we talk about a Midlife Crisis. Nobody wants to be “middle of the road.” You wouldn’t go to a “middle of the road” restaurant or church, would you? You don’t want to follow a “middle of the road” professional team. Nobody wants to be stuck in the middle because the middle is average.
Nobody wants to be an average worker. I was shocked when I recently read that the average worker works less than 37.5 hours per week but reads less than one book per year. A CEO earns 319 times as much as an average worker, and the average CEO claims to read 60 books a year. See, in life, you don’t want to be average.
You don’t want to be in the middle of the pack; you want to be leading the pack. To be a leader, you have to do more than what the average person is willing to do. Think about this: at best, you can only be average by being average. In other words, nobody wants to be average because then their best is only average.
God designed and created you to be great and to do something extraordinary with your life. If you don’t believe me, just ask God. Read what Scripture says about how God made you – fearfully and wonderfully made, setting you apart for a special calling inside your mother’s womb.
I love the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” Your conversation, your lifestyle, your habits and behavior, the appointments you make: how are they affecting you living an average life vs living an above average life?
What’s the difference between an average person and an achieving person? I believe you want to be a high achieving person. An average person will only do average things and attain average results, but a high achieving person isn’t content with being average. They intentionally take action to go above and beyond what is expected by others.
Once again, no one wants to be stuck in the middle. You were destined for something more. In Genesis 3:3, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (that caused the mess that we are in today because Adam and Eve sinned) was stuck in the middle of the garden. No one wants to be stuck in the middle, but rather always be advancing. I hope you, too, are always advancing for greatness!
Have a great week!