Average Or Exceptional?

I realize that not everyone who reads this blog is married.  But I thought those of you who are might be interested in a sobering piece of information.  In America today, the average lawnmower lasts longer than the average marriage.*  (Some might see this as a commentary on the excellent state of lawn mowers.  I see it as a commentary on the sad state of marriage.)

The good news is that nobody has to be average.

In any area of life, you can choose to excel, to beat the odds, to go the extra mile, to work just a little harder than most other people are willing to work.  If you do, God’s promise is that you’ll see and experience blessings that other, lazier people never get to enjoy.  In 2 Corinthians 5:6, Paul said, “Remember this–a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop.  But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”

Don’t you love that?  God’s law of sowing and reaping means that you get to choose your level of blessing.

If you want an out-of-this-world, off the charts marriage, you can have it.  If you want a spotless reputation, you can have it.  If you want financial peace, you can have it.  If you want lots of rich, meaningful relationships, you can have them.

But only if you’re willing to plant generously.

Planting generously requires a greater investment.  It takes more time and requires more attention to detail.  It is more tiring and, some would say, more risky.  But in God’s economy, above average planting is guaranteed to produce an above average crop.

It all boils down to how you view being average.  If being average is fine with you, then you can live an okay life, at least as good as a lot of other people who are also okay with being average.  But if being average isn’t good enough for you, then you can choose to live a truly exceptional life.

Average or exceptional.  Which do you want to be?

For further reflection read Galatians 6:7, Matthew 5:38-48, Colossians 3:23.

*Bob Welch, More to Life Than Having It All (Eugene: Harvest House, 1992), 114

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3 Responses to Average Or Exceptional?

  1. Bob Tremblay says:

    Wife,& I will hit 47 years this year..Love is eternal

  2. Marg says:

    I know personally of two wonderful, giving, sharing respectful and loving marriages. of which you speak of Mark. I feel so very blessed to know them in their exceptional marriages.

  3. Dolores says:

    I was a spoiled brat when I first married. If I wanted something, I wanted it now. Don’t tell me you’d get it for me in a minute. I was 18, hubby was 20. We went to church but I wouldn’t say I was a Christian. We had discussed how many children we wanted and that we wanted God in our lives. As time went on, we quit going to church. Then after adopting our daughter, I felt we needed to bring her up in church, so we went back. As the years went by, I loved my husband more each day, I realized that my attitude was changing (I had been praying about my shortness with him). I think the reason marriages don’t work is because a couple gets married thinking if it doesn’t work. Let me tell you, no marriage works unless you work at it. Now this year will be 45 years for us and I can say, I would die to save my hubby’s life. The best advise I ever got was keep communication going and kiss good night even if you are mad. Wow, sometimes in the earlier years, the communication was flowing from my mouth for sure but we did kiss goodnight. I can remember kissing goodnight and saying this doesn’t mean I’m not mad. People take more time planning the wedding than they do their lifetime together. My advise would be, keep communication going and treat your spouse the same way you do your best friend. Sharing your life with someone you love is such a blessing!!!!

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