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Mediocrity
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Judy Hall's picture

MEDIOCRITY! That’s my motto! I always get nervous when people start talking about “excellence.” I mean, I’ve been a “B” student all my life. “A’s” scare me! Being on time scares me! I have a fear of getting places early.

I think we need more mediocre Christians in urban ministry – ordinary, un-heroic people who have normal fears and frustrations. We need people who are shy and don’t know how to talk so that others will feel more confident to say things. Are you doing something for which you feel you are not gifted? Don’t worry! God will soon bring someone along who is gifted in that way, and then you won’t need to struggle any longer. And since you are mediocre, your ego won’t get in the way of welcoming and allowing others to come along side you so that something could be done better together.

Mediocre people are very useful in new ministries, because they don’t need everything to be all set up for them to do a bang-up job. They can just do a regular job with what’s available for now.

I’m not saying there’s no place in ministry for people who do things excellently. I’m just saying mediocrity has a very important part to play. It makes people feel comfortable. It’s unthreatening. It’s nonprofessional. Why, anyone can do it! It gets no credit. Who gets credit for being mediocre? That way, if anything good comes out of it, God gets the credit!

I figure most people in the world are mediocre—not great, but not too bad. And God is happy to use us! Through God, a bunch of mediocre folks put together can be great! So mediocre people: unite! Or, at least, let’s give it a shot.

 

I say yay to mediocrity. Many

I say yay to mediocrity.
Many cultures and societies have espoused the importance of keeping the middle (not too high or low): Greek mythology is riddled with morals of staying in the middle (e.g. Flight of Icarus); many Eastern thoughts and philosophy also emphasized the greater importance of the collective whole (with all knowing their place and function - Confucious) or revering more the harmony of being part of the larger world/nature (Lao Tze), etc. (Interesting that these two philosophers are from China, often referred to as the Middle Kingdom)...

I think our Lord demands our very best for Him, but He also repeatedly emphasizes the importance of working together - as one body (community) - a life of inter-dependency.

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Submitted by Sam (not verified) on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 4:13pm.

Thanks Sam! What you said

Thanks Sam! What you said (minus the big words!) was reinforced by Sheba Telore yesterday, when I mentioned "mediocrity" to her. "Oh yes!" she said, and then commented that mediocrity means there is room for a middle ground, where everyone in the culture can participate. She calls it "GVCCI" - Great Valuable Consistent Collective Input.

I really like it when everyone's contribution is valuable!

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Submitted by Judy Hall on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 2:57pm.
     
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