Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017 - Don't Settle for Mediocre

Last week was very tiring but I loved being able to share a bit about the legacy my dad left behind; in the weekly devo we discussed his legacy of “hard work and sharing.” Today’s culture doesn’t seem to value hard work near as much as they value just the end results… trying to get what they want for as little as they have to spend…

As a trainer, I have to remind athletes that there are no short-cuts to getting stronger, faster, better, etc. I have to remind parents of the same thing; literally had one parent a few years back that asked me to help her kid on a particular skill set… then openly exclaimed that she hoped to see that improvement in the game the next day. In this “microwave (get it fast even if you sacrifice quality) / Burger King (Have it your way)” culture we need to be careful to not consider mediocre good, or consider good as great…

I have mentioned in past devotions how I hate that kids can spend $15 or $20 on a pair of socks that are “Elite” socks. You don’t buy “elite”!

I saw another example this past week as my son Caleb put on a pair of my dad’s old work jeans. The jeans had some holes over the knees and someone jokingly said that he looked cool… think about it… one of the major fashions of our day involves people paying for jeans that look like they were worn by a hard worker. Everything seems to be geared around short-cuts…

Short-cuts are a short-sighted approach to short-lived success!

This is true both in our physical and spiritual growth. Isaiah 26:3-4 states, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.

Our spiritual growth is a long-term approach to long-term success. Commit to the long-haul!

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