Refuse to be average.Let your heart soar as high as it will.by Aiden Wilson Tozer
We live in a time where being average is enough to get by. People who do a bit more than average get lauded as heroes. But what is exceptional about just doing what it takes to get a job done? And when did the idea of doing our very best become out of fashion?
My husband spent 22 years in the United States Air Force where he was taught their core values: Integrity First, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. These values were already a part of his life before he joined the USAF because of the examples of his mother and grandparents. For him it was business as usual to do an above average job.
I remember a time when as a young airman he was recognized as the "Airman of the Quarter" and was nominated for "Airman of the Year." His response was a puzzled one. He said, "Why are they giving me an award for just doing my job?" For him soaring above the crowd is just the way he does things. It has nothing to do with politics or getting ahead in his job.
When he became a leader of other airman, he held high expectations for those who worked for him. He even gained a reputation as the "silent assassin" because of his soft words and looks of disappointment when one under his responsibility didn't perform up to what he thought they could. They said it was worse than getting yelled at. His people began to feel those core values as more than just slogans when they saw them in action through his life.
In our home, even with our children who live in their own home, there is the same attitude of not wanting to disappoint Dad. It has shaped who our children are. They have a father who loves them and expects them to do their best at all times. His disappointment is not because their failures may reflect upon him, but because he knows they are not reaching their God-given potential. His joy in their successes is true rejoicing and celebration of them reaching their goals.
All Christians have a Father who expects us to do more than just get by. He equips us for each encounter. He leaves it up to us to decide whether we are going to be average or to soar where eagles fly. Personally, I want to soar!
"But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind." Isaiah 40:31 [The Message]