We’re Raising The Wrong Bar

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We’ve got a big problem. And maybe it started out as a little compromise here and there, just like every big problem does. And maybe there was just a little crack in the dam, but when the water came gushing through, we found out that all of our quick fixes didn’t do the trick.

We’ve got a problem of mediocrity.

We keep raising the wrong bar. Our standards are slipping.

I agree that we should celebrate things in each individual, but we should celebrate where they are gifted instead of celebrating mediocrity.  We should encourage people to know where they’re strong and where they’re weak.  We’d be a stronger people for it.

And while I’m poking fun here at our government, this is not where it started. This started out as a crack in our character. We’ve got this sense of entitlement, and I have no idea where it came from. Did our parents award us for trying, or did they award us for doing things with excellence?

We try to make failure as painless as possible, and what this has done is made failure acceptable. And while I understand that failure at some point is inevitable, what we’ve forgotten is the pain that it can cause. Failure should be avoided at all costs because we’re trying to do things right. And then when failure happens, it should make us stronger and more resolved to get it right.

I’m tired of the way we’re lowering the bar.

I’m sorry that because of the compromises I’ve made in my life that your standards have to be lowered. I’m sorry that you have to slow your pace so I can keep up.

Paul wrote a lot of scripture, and he wrote a lot of scripture about athletic events. He compared life to a race a lot.

The thing about a race, though, is that we’re rooting for someone to win. I love a close race. But I only love a close race if it’s because everyone’s on or near record time. If everyone slowed down to an even speed to run the race so it would be close, it wouldn’t be near as exciting.

We want someone to win.

We love it when someone excels and breaks a world record.

We raise the bar of excellence with every world record broken, just waiting for someone to come along who will break it again.

So if Paul relates life to a race, why are we constantly hanging around on the bottom rung? Why are we not setting ourselves up to run with the best?

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, bu we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” ~1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Do what you do.

Do it well.

When you fall, get up and try again.

Make the changes to excel in your life.

Let go of the things that don’t matter.

Do not run aimlessly.

Run for the crown that lasts forever.

Change will start with you.

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