A thought crossed my mind the other day that took me by surprise – I actually shocked myself. I was at the baby doctor and Baby Soko was being measured on the scan. According to dates she was exactly 33 weeks that day and the baby doctor was very impressed that all the measurements – head, tummy, leg and weight came out at exactly 33 weeks. He declared our wee girl to be perfectly average. This is where my surprising thought popped in – ‘Don’t call my child average!’. Thankfully it wasn’t one of those moments when you think you only thought something but really said it out loud! My reaction surprised me. Since when is average a bad thing? Oh no – am I going to be a pushy mom?
We live with a lot of pressure to succeed and do well – to excel at everything. Yet while doing things to the best of our ability is what God requires of us we have added peer pressure and self-pressure to perform to impress others. I know I am guilty of it – I like to do things well. I’m not keen on ordinary when spectacular can be found. Yet by always aiming to impress am I missing out on the ordinary? Surely the aim should not be the applause of others but knowing that we have done the best we possibly can?
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
For myself I need to change my standards – God’s approval and His knowing I have done my best needs to replace the applause of others. Lord help me to honour you with the highest standard of living a life to honour and please only You.