You may have noticed the focus of this week’s blogs has been on excellence. It’s not because I’m feeling ambitious, confident or successful. Actually, I’m feeling the opposite. That, while noticing articles, interviews, quotes, conversations and TV programs that encourage letting low expectations take over.
Read between much of society’s lines, and we’re told: If you keep expectations low, you’re spared disappointment. If you don’t reach for the stars, you never fall short. If you don’t scale mountains, you won’t tumble down. Expect excellence, miracles, or relief? — Come on, who do you think you are? Find solace, acceptance, and community in majority thinking. Don’t look beyond us; we are the standard. Stay here where it’s comfortable; those who don’t, make us uncomfortable.
Why is that we justify low expectations instead of rejecting them?
I know I am at risk of mine slowly and imperceptibly slumping to settling. My time of relative rest may morph into terminal complacency. I may soon adopt mediocrity or defeat as my lot in life.
Thankfully there are people who don’t discourage excellence, they actively promote it. While I’m not feeling it, I’m soaking in the inspiration from those who are. I hope you’ll be encouraged also.
From “Humans of New York”, an arts and humanities website:
January 19, 2015 –
“Who’s influenced you the most in your life?”
“My principal, Ms. Lopez.”
“How has she influenced you?”
“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Romans 5:1-2 (TLB) – So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV) – God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.