11 March -What’s wrong with being average?

Whats wrong with being average? I guess nothing, except I really think we were created for more than average. That we are each designed with a call  to develop to the fullest extent and potential God has created us for. The dictionary definition of average is rather confronting, it is mediocre, the normal standard, undistinguished, unexceptional, run of the mill, and commonplace.

The bible talks about two birds. The Eagle and the sparrow. The sparrow is small, brown and seemingly insignificant bird yet the bible tells has the Father has His eye on the sparrow. “Aren’t two sparrows sold for only a penny? But not one of them falls to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 He even counts every hair on your head! 31 So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows”. (Matthew 10:29-31)

Yet He also refers to us being like Eagles, not sparrows. “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary”.(Isaiah 40:31)

Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle” (Psalm 103:5)

An Eagle doesn’t roost in a sparrows nest. Perhaps we need to be more like the Eagle who is not content to roost where he doesn’t belong.  God designed us to reach new heights and to grow. He promises us His divine power to help us attain spiritual heights just like the Eagle attains physical heights. (2 Peter 1:3)

Don’t settle and be satisfied where you are. There is so much more! There are mountains to climb; for us to stand on a top of.  If you grow tired there are many resting places to stop and renew your strength and continue on.

Beware others may feel content to sit and wait while you climb on. Instead of pausing for renewal they decide to camp. Instead of receiving strength to go higher they may rest on what they’ve already achieved and settle down into that sparrows nest.

It’s easy to choose to be amongst the many who decide the price is too great, the sacrifice too demanding,  and the benefits of continuing too small. Its easier to sit and watch others climb to the heights. Their words of discouragement can be contagious. Bless them, but don’t camp there; keep your eyes upwards and move on.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth”. (Colossians 3:2)

Those mountainous heights are like real life. There are always more people at the bottom than at the top. But the world desperately needs more Eagles. More adventurous, first class, not run of the mill type people who know who they are, and who their God is.

The bible says to add to our faith goodness. Goodness is Christian excellence, it is superb, supreme, great, noteworthy, and first class. It’s not average (2 Peter 1:5). God wants us to rise above the average, to lift the scale. To be open to hear His voice, and allow Him to speak and direct. To receive His divine power into our lives, and be willing and obedient to Him.

It takes a quality decision to be a person of excellence, “to add to our faith goodness”. God may take you off the well beaten path, to be a foreunner, a pioneer. But He knows the way, and He has blessing and new territory on His mind.

The world needs Eagles, who will love and encourage those who think they are just sparrows, but who are not satisfied to settle for anything less than soaring on the heights. They know the view is great up there.

Make a decision to get out of that roost at the bottom of the mountain, and start looking upwards so you too can soar on wings like eagles, that you will run and not grow faint, and will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:31).

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