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