Better Than Average by Daniel Rodgers

Dan Rodgers
1 Cor. 15:58

1. Col. 2:6-7, "As ye have therefore received Christ
Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built
up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have
been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."

QUOTE: A recent article reads, "We find that a
scandal is brewing in the hallowed halls of Academia.
It has to do with test scores given to our young
people. A West Virginia doctor noticed sometime back
that all 50 states claim that their students score
above average on standardized test scores. "That, of
course," the author writes, "is impossible -- for
everyone to be above average."

Someone has even given this scandal a thoughtful name
-- the Lake Wobegon effect. Lake Wobegon is author
Garrison Keillor's mythical town where "All the women
are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the
children are above average."

The writer concludes, "Obviously, by definition it is
impossible for everyone to be 'above average.'
Average is what most people are. Nobody, though, wants
to admit it.

(Dynamic Preaching ( Disk, Winter 1992

ILLUSTRATION: About a month ago I visited a new
dentist. To my dismay, I found that over the last
several years my teeth had not received adequate care
from my previous dentist. X-rays and pictures tell the
true story - there was no guesswork. I didn't just
have to take the new dentist's word for it, I could
see for myself.

I asked the dentist, "How could my dentist have done
such careless work?" He answered with a question,
"What do they call the man who graduates from medical
school at the bottom of his class?" I thought for a
minute, and said, "They call him, 'doctor.'" He
smiled and said, "You're right."

2. Let me ask you a question. How would you like to
have a doctor take out your appendix who graduated
from medical school with a "c" average?

a. There is just something ...

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