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Average or Ordinary, CAN YOU TELL?

Sunday’s Monday

       As you go about life this week, listen to people talk. You don’t hear the word average used very much anymore because it was called out for being a nonsense word. People used average like it was a crown or medal for being like everyone who was not giving their all to achieve the good things that God created us to enjoy. We too often compare ourselves to the lazy side of doing things to have the fleeting feel-good moments needed to keep our self-esteem built up and our confidence high about our behavior. But the dirty truth is, that “Average” is what failures claim to be when their family and friends ask them why they are not happier and more successful than they are. I heard it said or read somewhere that “Average” is neither the top of the bottom nor the bottom of the top. “Average” at best means run-of-the-mill, mediocre, insignificant, almost good enough, or maybe not! Have I hit on a scenario that would suit your fancy if you were hiring from this draw?


      Being “average” is the lazy person’s cop-out; for lacking the gumption to take a stand in life. Average is ordinary people choosing to live by a default setting of don’t rock the boat. To be “average” is to be forgotten once you pass from this life. The successful are remembered for their contributions; the failures are remembered because they tried; but the “average,” the silent majority, is just forgotten. I most likely heard this somewhere, to be “average” is to commit the greatest crime one can against oneself, the crime of denying who you were created to be by God. Pay attention! The saddest epitaph is this’ “Meet Mr. and Ms. Average born -- --, ----; died never enjoying life — Epitaph: here lie the remains of what might have been, except for their belief that they were merely “average” imprisoned them throughout their life. Being “average” is to pass one’s life away killing time, rather than to pass one’s time away with life! Jesus said in Mark 9:38-40 (NIV), “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop because he was not one of us.” 39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.


      Sadly, it is usually easy to spot the average because they are always packing a heavy load of excuses. We seldom hear of the success they experienced because of the excuses as to why they couldn’t succeed because of their excuses getting in the way. My late Pastor Joe Dillard had a cure for such thinking which went like this, “Satan will always tell you, “You can’t, and here’s why;” but God tells you, “You can, and here’s how!” Now here is where the rubber meets the road, the words have sharp points designed to stick. John 7:19 (NIV), Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”  The average people of that day were doing what they could to remain on the ordinary side of everything to keep from getting too involved.


Consistently, today, not unlike that time in history, many of us get so busy with our random misguided thinking and overthink what is being said to the point of confusion. Many of us get tripped up on why we have to die if Jesus did it for us. My prayer for all today is from The Apostle Paul who explains in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 (NIV), For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. My best explanation is the one that satisfies me, Jesus forgives me of the act but the consequences still have to be paid. Ergo as God tells us in His written word, Romans 6:23 (NIV), For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. We are a truly honored people to be chosen by God to receive His call and to know 1 Corinthians 15:43-44 (NIV), it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. I don’t care what my spiritual body looks like, I want one! Thank you, Lord. May we all find a new energized sense of purpose in following and serving you Lord. Amen





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