Celebrate Mediocrity

Celebrate Mediocrity

“The art of using moderate abilities to advantage often brings greater results than actual brilliance.”
-Francois de la Rouchefoucald

Some of the most influential people I know don’t consider themselves to be very talented. They’ve just leveraged their moderate abilities and have seen God multiply what they have in amazing ways.

I met Chris Tomlin once. I asked him how he had gotten where he was. He told me, “Man, I don’t know how all this happened. I was actually standing back stage just before this concert asking God, ‘How did I get here?’” Obviously Chris Tomlin doesn’t think he is some amazing musician. In fact, like all of us, I’d bet he has times when he feels insecure and inadequate. But at some point he decided he was going to be who he was and God turned it into great things.

When I look at all the stuff I’m mediocre at I can get discouraged. But I have to remember the God-factor. He’s the one that can take anything and make it great. I just have to do the best I can with what’s in front of me. That’s all God asks of me. Really.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…

The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned…

Ecclesiastes 9:10-12