Pat’s Perspective: “Mediocrity is a Heresy…”

Many years ago I came across a life-changing quote: “Mediocrity is a heresy – a sin, to make your life small when it could be great is a sin of the worse magnitude.” God has given you the wonderful gift of life, what you do with it is your gift back to him. You can choose to waste it by never trying to accomplish anything. You can fail and choose to quit trying. You can choose to climb the ladder to the top and discover tragically it is leaning against the wrong wall. Or you can choose to make your life amazing!

Jesus said that he came to bring life and to bring it abundantly. (John 10:10) Jesus wants us to live life to the max – to make a positive impact while we are here on earth. I think God has a purpose and a plan for our lives and when we discover it we really begin to live. You only go around once. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Why not choose to make your life amazing? This is one choice that you will never regret.

People who make their lives amazing have an immense capacity for sustained concentration. People who make their life amazing are known to others to concentrate their energy and efforts on what they want. They block out everything or anyone who threatens that focus. The majority of people haphazardly pursue loosely defined goals or wishes. People who want to make their lives amazing focus on the attainment of a single purpose with the intensity that borders on obsession. In fact, you might refer to this laser like focus as their magnificent obsession. It captures your thinking, actions, planning, and priorities.

Success demands singleness of purpose. People who make their life amazing invest a great deal of time and energy selecting their major goals. While the masses consider making resolutions or only making minor changes every New Year’s Eve, the goal setting and planning process is an every day habit to those who make their lives amazing.

Nido Qubein states, “Nothing can add more power to your life than committing all your energies on a limited set of targets.” When the goals are set, they put on mental blinders and move forward with dogged determination and ferocious tenacity. The create an intense level of concentration that helps them overcome interruptions, challenges, distractions, adversaries, and even all out opposition.

Nehemiah is a great example of this when God called him to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem – when opposition struck he maintained his focus and completed the project. He kept his focus on the finish line and successfully completed the task that God had given him to do. It was the last thing that he thought about before going to sleep and the first thing that hit him when awoke the next morning.

The great ones dream about their goals so much that they often keep pen and paper close by so that they can write down ideas and solutions in the middle of the night. While the casual observer would mistakenly see their amazing life as a matter of intelligence, talent, skill, or even luck these individuals know sustained concentration of though and action is the key to their amazing life. Sustained concentration is a learnable skill. It is not something that you are born with. It is something that you develop through daily practice. Paul said it so well when he said, “Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (II Corinthians 9:24)

There is no better time to make your life better than today. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make the decision for your life to become amazing!

See you Sunday in church!