Goshen News, Goshen, IN


February 11, 2013

‘Average’ people can do amazing things when God wants


SHIPSHEWANA — As the mother of two young adults, I’ve come to realize how much pressure there is to raise superstar kids. To produce high-end scholars who go on to college, then successful careers. To have standout children with great resumes. And I’d like that and more for my sons.

Here, we believe in best effort, in striving for excellence. We teach perseverance and personal responsibility. We encourage their giftings and applaud their successes. But what if, in spite of all we’ve attempted (and all they’ve done, too), our kids are still average? Then what?

In thinking this over since the day I baked cookies, here’s what I’ve come to: I’d rather have average children devoted to a far-more-than-average God than to have geniuses, Olympians or the country’s next president. If my sons grow up to follow the Lord; to love Him with heart, mind, and soul, then that shall be their success. If they lead in their circles, whether large or quite small. If they influence others, advancing the kingdom, then that shall be our success, too.

There’s much I don’t know, but this one thing I do. That’s this, that God has a history of choosing the average; of picking the least, the last, the unlikely to do the above-average things, to be movers and shakers, to do the impossible. That’s what’d I’d choose for my boys.

I know this as well. When the average is placed in the hands of God—when the “super” meets the “natural” — that’s when big things happen. Shepherd boys kill giants. Three hundred beat an army. Peter walks on water, and a harlot changes history. It’s supernatural when the “average” do that.

Now, what about you? Do you think you’re just average, unfit and unqualified? Do you feel you’ve not got what it takes? Think God cannot use you with your past, with your history? Well, good. Then you’re set for success.

Here’s why. It doesn’t depend on you. It’s that simple. All it takes is a “yes.” “Yes” to surrender. “Yes” to obedience. “Yes” to just doing His will.

When your life is a “yes,” then He does the rest. He empowers, enables. Gives wisdom, direction. Takes the loaves, takes the fish, and then comes the increase.

Do you have average children? Then give thanks and take heart. The wonderfully creative God we serve knows how to use our sons and daughters for his glory. He is able to strengthen their weaknesses and to bless what they do. Just as he does it for us.

We have the unspeakable privilege, you and I, of teaching these truths to the next generation. By placing our own average selves into his hands, by living the “yes,” He will give the increase, and the average shall become supernatural.


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