Are you the most skilled person you know at something?
Or maybe, not the best but very, very good at something? Like a particular sport, video games, gardening, outdoors, music, fashion, etc.? Maybe you don’t feel like you are excellent at anything. You might feel like you are notoriously, even comically bad at most everything.
Me? I am right in the middle, pretty average.
The world we live in is surrounding us in the value of shock and awe. Everything is getting bigger, better, faster, more radical, more extreme. While I live and function, at a surface level, of very average.
Now before you begin thinking that I have low self-esteem, depressed, or think that I don’t work towards excellence, let me shoot you straight: I have no problem believing that I am average. No, I am also not going with the, “there is no such thing as an average person, we are all miracles” or “we are all made in God’s image”, yes, yes, that is true. I have kids, they are miracles. This is not my subject for discussion though.
This is different than that.
There is peace and contentment in my identity as an average person. Because in “this world” my place is to be awe-fully average. Not awfully average as in very mediocre or too bad to even be considered average. But my place in life, at this season especially is to be right in the middle of things. Good in every regard but like 90’s sitcom average. Awe-fully average.
Don’t miss the point here. Average in status and skill but incredible in substance and experience. Average has put me in the exact positions in life to see things that are awe inspiring. Fully in awe of the One who is like no other. Jesus. I am full of awe because I see him working in me, my wife, my family, my brothers and sisters at church. There is no mistaking how very non-average his work was and is.
Everyone knows people try hard and do better. Have you seen people transformed?
We can “forgive and forget” or “move on”. Have you seen true reconciliation that actually refines and strengthens relationships?
People all around us struggle in the status quo. Have you seen those with limited incomes, give generously even when it hurts?
Great people overcome obstacles. Have you seen normal people glorify God in their suffering?
I see these things on a consistent basis and it is awesome. That is why we do what we do.
Don’t miss the forest for the trees, contentment is not the answer. Jesus is.
I am content with being average because while I am not the best at anything, there is an extraordinary gospel at work around me.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. – 1 Timothy 6:6
- I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.
The sun, that big, bright, hot star that in Texas we like to see this time of year but hate by end of June. I often neglect the magnitude of the sun. I don’t get into astronomy; don’t garden, not really into most summer activities. Maybe I need to read outside more. But right now, the sun is warm, not too hot, spring is here and people are taking advantages in different ways.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, ….For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Col 1:16-20
Jesus is attributed with being Creator, creator of sun and earth, you and me. Made peace by the blood of his cross. So Jesus being very God, left heaven, came to his creation, to die a death absorbing the wrath of God, making peace with us who would receive faith in him by the blood of his cross.
Dairy Mart. Cheeseburger with jalapenos. Sweet Potato Fries. Vanilla Coke. Best burger in town, state, planet. Get a fried egg on top. Order their “Crazy Burger” if you dare. Definitely get the Sweet Potato Fries. Steak Fingers are great. My kids love the corn dogs. Did I mention Sweet Potato Fries? What is not to like. Ice Cream and Burger joint where you can eat outside on picnic tables.
Book to read:
Awe: Why it Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do by Paul David Tripp