I am a people watcher. Let me clarify that I am not a stalker 👀. It would be better to say that I observe people. As I notice the behaviors of people, I am noticing a disturbing commonality – so many people are satisfied with a lack of excellence. They have no desire to better themselves.
I remember a day when excellence was something that was engrained in me and those around me. Family cheered me on to be my best. People at church cheered me on to be my best. The generation that encouraged that has gone to the grave, and somehow the generation that followed is happy to just wake up another day. They don’t strive for a better family atmosphere, better community, or a better anything.
I look at myself and see that I, in some areas, given in to this “mediocrity is enough” mentality. For me, I believe that I allowed many of life’s setbacks to discourage me to this point. If I were a betting man, I would wager some big money that I am among many who once had big dreams and now feel they are unattainable. Some of us even feel like the little dreams have a zero percent chance of happening. We now refuse to set goals to protect ourselves from further disappointment. I think many people are at this level.
What happened to our fight? Our determination? Sometimes we must travel through the mundane on the path to better. You may feel that rut will last forever, but it is a test to see if God can trust you with what is ahead. If He can’t trust you in the little things, He will not promote you to bigger things.
So what do we do when life seems to be boring and mundane? When every day looks like the day before? Same problems? Same routine? We worship…while we work, while we play, while we fulfill household responsibilities. We do it “as unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). When your boss can never say a positive thing about your work, look up and say “Lord, this is for you not him.” When your spouse is overwhelmed and taking it out on you, say “Lord, I will love her as Christ loves the Church.”
So before you just decide to throw in the towel, fix your focus on Jesus. He could have easily walked away and chose to leave us in our sin, but He pushed forward to the cross because He knew that was God’s way of reconciling us to Himself.
I believe I am “speaking” (in written form) and connecting with a lot of people right now. Keep praising! Keep showing up! Keep loving! Keep choosing integrity while everyone else is lying and cheating! The payoff is worth it!