One thing people said always bugged me, "You have great potential". In your 20's that is a compliment, in your 50's it is a reminder that you have lived a mediocre life. Potential unfulfilled is mediocrity.
I read an article with this title that also mentioned the frog stuck in the pothole who finally jumped out when his life was threatened. It took that possible disaster to get him to go beyond an ability level he thought he ever had to act in a heroic manner. He leaped out of mediocrity into greatness.
There is also a book I read by Chuck Swindoll titled "Living Beyond The Level of Mediocrity". It reminds us that Jesus never called us to live an unfulfilled mediocre existence, in fact in the Book Of Philippians it instructs us as to what he might have us do. In Chapter 2 verse 15 it tells us to "Shine like stars in the universe" and it even tells us how to get there. Don't complain, don't argue, become blameless and pure and you will shine above others who are depraved and crooked.
If ever there was a generation where this is true, it is now. It is time for us who have "potential" to realize it and show others how to start shining. Think of it, look up in the sky tonight and see if you can spot a mediocre star?
Don't fall into the pothole of just existing, live and shine because others need to see that this faith we have means something.
Or, if you prefer, look to the life Jesus lived and let me know if you see mediocrity. He was a superstar that continues to shine above us and through us if we let him.
All is takes is one giant leap of faith out of potential and into fulfillment!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.