I saw a commercial last night that caught both my attention and my daughter’s attention.  At the end of it, we both said, “that was g-o-o-o-o-d!”

It was for GNC stores but it drove home the point that you don’t want to be average.  The slogan was BEAT AVERAGE.  Watch the link here: 

 This advertisement really spoke to me.  I don’t want to be average.  All my life I have tried to be an overachiever and be the best employee I could be; the best mom I could be; the best wife I could be; the best Christian I could be.  Then I read things that said quit looking for approval from other people and comparing yourself to other people.  So I stopped……….and became average.

There has to be a happy medium.  I don’t want to be average anymore.  I want to excel.  I want to make God proud of me because scripture gives us guidelines of how to be above average for the Lord.

In I Corinthians 6:19-20, it says:  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”  

I should want to beat average with the wellness of my body.  Walking slowly on the treadmill is NOT beating average.  Taking the escalator and not the stairs is NOT beating average.  But beyond the GNC ad, the BIBLE tells us to beat average.  We have to honor God with our body.  It’s not our own.  I have got to take healthy living and wellness seriously.

Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving. ”

Somedays I feel like I just do the necessary at work and at home.  I am just average.  I used to always beat average.  So what has changed?  I need to remember that I am not working for man.  If someone aggravates me and takes away my joy in the workplace, I have to remember that I am working for the Lord, not for man because my reward comes from the Lord.  I need to make Him proud of me .  I need to beat average.  I need to remember to work for excellence in each responsibility that I have – every chore, every committee, every project, every act of kindness. 

I wonder if sometimes you ever get like me.  Sometimes I’m just tired and depressed about certain things and wonder if all I do for other people really matters.  Does my family really care that I clean the house and do the laundry?  Does sending cards make a difference?  Do people even care that I want to help?  Then the Lord speaks to me very clearly in Galatians 6:9 -10:  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  BEAT AVERAGE! 

Don’t just get by………don’t let the voice in your head tell you to sleep through the exercise time in the morning or eat a dozen donut holes.  Take care of your body because it is a temple of the Lord.

Don’t strive for the “participation trophy”.  Strive for the crown of glory. 

Average is good.  Average is average.  We want to beat average

God doesn’t call us to be average……….he calls us to be one of His children and to be like Him.  And as one of His children, I’m confident my Father is NOT average. 

I challenge you today to come along with me ………let’s go BEAT AVERAGE!