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Don’t Settle for Average

William Cunningham tells the story of a man walking alone in the desert one night when he was startled by a voice. The voice said to him, "Stop and pick up some pebbles at your feet and place them in your pocket. In the morning you will be both sorry and glad." The man obeyed. He stooped down and picked up a handful of pebbles and put them in his pocket. At morning's light he reached into his pocket and pulled out diamonds, rubies, and emeralds worth phenomenon wealth. And at the moment of his discovery the proph-ecy of the voice was fulfilled. He was happy that he, obeyed the voice and taken some and very sad that he had not taken more. And so it is with life."Average" is the top of the bottom, the best of the worst, the bottom of the top, and the worst of the best.   "Average" means run-of-the-mill, mediocre, a non-entity, or insignificant.   Being "average" is to take up space for no purpose; to take the trip through life, but never pay the fare; to return no interest for God's investment in you.  Being "average" is to pass one's life away with time, rather than to pass one's time away with life. It is to kill time, rather than to work it to death.

To be "average" is to be forgotten once you pass from this life. The successful are remembered because they tried; but the "average," the silent majority, is forgotten because they "didn't want to."

To be "average" is to commit a great crime against yourself and against humanity.

If you are "average," you may want to copy the following for you epitaph:

Here lies Mr. and/or Mrs. Average,
the remains of what might have been
except for their desire to be just
AVERAGE."

Jesus wants us to "launch out into the deep" (Lk. 5:4). He also said, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Rev. 3:16).

There is one thing good about being "average" and "alive." We still have time to "repent."

adopted from Ferman Carpenter
Glad Tidings of Good Things
Vol. 8/March 27, 2003
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