Yeee! The crowd shouted in unison, lifting their hands above their heads into the thin air as their excitement escalated with the frequency of their voices and the intensity of their passion. The atmosphere in the hall was effervescent. The speaker made his bow and claps of ovation accompanied him to seat.
Wow! What a wonder! Young men and women were all motivated by the speech made by the speaker on excellence. Everyone love excellence. Hmm ! And I wondered why?…why do very few persons attain excellence when all love it? Why isn’t there such glee around the streets? Why have so many given up this glee at a particular cross road? What is the definition of this crossroad?
According to Myles Munroe, “mediocrity is the failure to do our best, to go beyond the expectation of others, to express ourselves fully to the limits of our abilities, to give it all we have, to satisfy our own convictions. It is accepting the norm, pleasing the statuesque and doing what we can get by with. Mediocrity may be defined as the region of our lives bounded on the north by compromise, on the south by indecision, on the east by past thinking, on the west by lack of vision. Mediocrity is the spirit of the average, anthem of the norm and the heartbeat of the ordinary”. The lack of clear cut vision, defined goals, sense of purpose and a positive attitude makes us settle for the readily available in life. No wonder the saying that “if the desired is not available, the available becomes desired” what a lazy saying!
There is bound to be hitches at that cross road, vehicles loaded with life’s struggles, Lorries loaded with longing look of expectation from our loved ones, trailers with threats of rejection from our peers and motorcycles loaded with the desperation to satisfy our own pride. All moving at different speeds, the road stretching in different directions. But, you will have to determine to cross over to the other end without getting hit by any of these if you must make it. Why settle for less when you were made for more?
Majority of our graduates have settled for high paying jobs to increase their self worth before their peers and meet the expectation of their loved ones even when they know that those jobs are not bringing out the best in them. Money, acceptance and valuables become their force of motivation. Little did they know that their values are not determined by their valuables.
Each and every one of us was shaped to serve God in our generation by excelling our different abilities. Excelling with our abilities involves maximizing our potential. The key lies in discovering that potential. If you don’t know where you are going, you may wind up some place else. Begin by accessing your gifts and abilities and develop it to its full potential. Your shape is your specialty. It is what you know how to do better than others.
Satan will try to steal the joy of excellence from you by tempting you to compare your ministry with that of others or by tempting you to conform your ministry to the expectation of others. Stand your ground. For those who get along in life are those who look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, they make them. Whenever you do what God wired you to do, you get good at it. You achieve excellence. Imagine a world where everyone were doing what they are best at; the analytical banker, the eloquent journalist, the patient nurse, the industrious salesman etc. if only we could get past mediocrity; the crossroad to excellence.
The highest achievers in life are those who do their work out of passion, not duty or profit. Don’t settle for achieving the good life because the good life is not good enough. Aim instead for the better life; serving God and your generation in a way that expresses your abilities. Get past the crossroad called mediocrity and walk straight to excellence with purpose in every step. I have a mindset; mediocrity is not an option for me because excellence is my choice. How about you?