If we’re honest – average is boring. In fact, it’s downright nauseating. Okay – yeah, that’s a bit strong. Seriously, if you think about it, I think you’ll admit that we like above-average. We downright LOVE above-average. We brag about our above-average kids and their accomplishments, we overpay above-average athletes and idolize them and we spend our time watching above-average people on TV. Actually, each one of your friends has unique above-average qualities. And those qualities are what draws you to them. Thinking through my list of friends I can identify their unique traits that I highly admire, and attract me to them.
Here’s a few:
Joyfulness and laughter
Seeing the best in people, and identifying and valuing their gifts
Impressive teacher and courage to step out in it
Friendly and outgoing
Writing that list made me realize that each of those qualities are what I aspire to improve in. (Hmmm, I’m sure there’s a psychology lesson in there somewhere!)
And though average is boring, if we’re honest, most of us live in the state of being quite average. Because life is quite routine. We can’t run at 100% all day; it just isn’t possible.
But… here’s the cool part… We can submit our averageness to God. Typically, I write about using your gifts and talents for the Lord in order to live a satisfying life. This post is for my readers that struggle with their lack of perfection, their mistakes, and their disappointment that they aren’t further along.
With that in mind, today’s post is about those times when we’re just average – not really operating in our gifts and talents. You see, this past weekend, God taught me something pretty profound. And I want to see what you think about it.
I attended a ladies retreat where I was a leader in organizing and facilitating the progression of the weekend which had a lot of “moving parts.” Let’s just say organization isn’t my strong suit – although for some strange reason, people think I’m organized. So, I made some mistakes. I forgot to check the back of the schedules for one of the days and didn’t realize that entire pages weren’t copied and were blank! Another schedule, that did print, assigned a talk to the wrong pastor. It didn’t throw off the pastors, but it did mess up some facilities guys. Let’s just say there were more than a few blunders. Oops!
Just as I began to wrestle with feeling like a louse, a friend stepped in covered my mistakes, and made the copies that were needed. As if God planned it, shortly thereafter, a lady that was smarter and brighter than me, made a mistake. Phew! It wasn’t just me. Quickly, I jumped in and covered her mistakes. To our surprise, there were mistakes popping up throughout the weekend during the retreat.
Nevertheless, it was obvious that a few mistakes were not going to stand in the way of God doing His work! In fact, it seemed as though God was showing us that the success of the ministry was not going to be dependent anyone other than the LORD. Isn’t that just like Him!? During the retreat, ladies dedicated their hearts to the Lord, hurts were healed, barriers were broken down that had been built over a lifetime of hurt and abuse, women were set free and God was glorified. It was a precious time of God bending down to meet His daughters. (Psalm 116:2 NLT)
God knows us too well. He knows if everything were to go perfectly, then we would think WE had done a great job and the ministry that happened was a result of what a wonderful job WE did. And so, sometimes average is pretty great. When God works through our “average” we can see pretty clearly, that He is working mightily in spite of us, not because of us.
Now, I’m not saying strive for average, or settle for average. What I am suggesting is that we forgive our imperfections. Perfectionism is a brutal taskmaster that can never be satisfied. In realizing that we can’t be perfect, we should strive to grow and overcome our shortcomings, but in the meantime, realize that God’s strength can work through our “average.”
On a day when my performance was less than perfect, God’s strength was pretty evident reminding me that His grace is enough and His power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Fortunately, the Lord takes our average-ness and humanness and POOF! He makes something amazing and wonderful through us.
Remember: Average allows God to show Himself mighty… He’s not stunted by our imperfections. As Joyce Meyer says:
Rest in the fact that God can work regardless of our condition.
Be blessed this week friends!
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