In Steven Furtick’s book greater he talks about this concept of mediocrity. What an interesting word. Although it has a Webster definition (moderate ability or value) it comes alive in such unique ways in each of our lives. It can manifest as complacency, settling, mundane living, etc. I strive to please God as I walk through life always feeling like there should be more, like I should be doing more for God. I vacillate between what Furtick calls “Good Enough” – stuck in spiritual survival mode and Greatness – vague unrealistic aspirations”. It’s this state of staleness, frustration, and many times disappointment. But in this book, in the very first chapter, 3 statements challenged my mediocrity and ignited a desire to be greater, a desire to be exactly who God created me to be! So you may be wondering……What are those powerful statements that made me say see ya mediocrity? Well here they are:
Those three statements motivated me to abandon the life of good enough and the idea of greatness, and strive to continuously be greater for God. A life of greater for me would be a life of genuine and authentic belief and trust in Christ. It would be a position of surrender to his will, his love, and his guidance. It is recognizing his empowering grace which equips me to be and do what he has called me to do through him. Simply put, living a greater life for God to me is being his vessel. So I may not get a shout out from the president when I die, or a famous blogger, but if I live a greater life for God I will hear my father and my savior say “Job Well Done”!
Over the past month or so I have gone through a spiritual dry spell or so I thought. I kinda felt like I was going through the motions of my life but not really living, can anyone relate? Well of course I don’t live by feelings I live by the infallible word of God so I continue to push through and seek him on what he was trying to teach/show me during this time. Well he was and is teaching me to be greater! What’s so exciting about that is I am participating in an online bible study via Melissa Taylor (www.melissataylor.org) and we are using the book Greater by Steven Furtick and he talks about this very thing that I have been going through. A quick side note – it always amazes me how God knows exactly what you need when you need it. I so needed this!! So what I have decided to do is instead of journaling privately when I do a bible study, I am going to use this blog to share my thoughts and revelations as I read this book in conjunction with God’s word. I am so excited because I know you will be blessed, I have only read the first two chapters and I have learned so very much! So stay tuned because the dry spell is over! As always you are loved and gracefully empowered!
P.S. Please check out Melissa's website and sign up for the bible study as well if you can, it is not too late!