Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. — A. W. Tozer
When was the last time you were asked to engage in something beyond your skill set? Home maintenance maybe? Perhaps your spouse asked you to hang a towel bar in the bathroom on a Saturday morning, which led to the discovery of a leaking shower pan, a rotted subfloor, and mold. And now you’re standing in a pile of rubble thinking, I just wanted a place to hang up my towel.
When was the last time God asked you to do something beyond your skill set? A yes answer would usher you into a role that felt way over your head.
I was a 22-year-old youth pastor when some parents asked me for advice regarding their rebellious teen. I was only four and a half years older than their kid, and I felt completely unqualified.
I had this same feeling when, as a senior pastor, I sat with a guy who’d neglected his wife for so long that she finally left him. He asked me what to do, but I wasn’t certain I could help.
And again, I felt this way a few years later when I realized I’d neglected my own wife to a degree, and now I needed to grow in this area. I didn’t know where to start.
The common feeling in all of these scenarios is the feeling of inadequacy. Inadequacy tells us our limited resources limit our contribution.
This has been a pattern taught to us since childhood. We learn there are great people who do great things. There are average people who do average things. And finally, a much larger group of below-average people does below-average things.
Youth sports are a prime example of this. Great kids get tons of playing time, average kids fill the gaps and serve as subs, and below-average kids warm the bench.
Corporations are another example: great people climb the ladder, average people hover in the same position, and below-average people face layoffs.
But here’s what I need you to know: believing that our limitations limit our contributions is a worldly mind-set. And this mind-set has no place in the understanding of Jesus and what He wants to do with us and through us.
Jesus, I’d love to be free of this performance-driven mind-set. Free me from my limitations this week as I learn what it means to trust You. Amen.
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