by Steve Wagers

Whether It's Half-Full or Half-Empty, It's Still Just Half
Steve Wagers
Ecclesiastes 10: 18


In these days, one of the saddest things to observe is that we have come to the place where we have learned to live with normalcy. No longer does anyone try to do what needs to be done, or what is expected of them; but, rather, the average Christian seeks to cut corners, take the short-cut, and come through the back door in an attempt to just get by. Thus, I believe that one word that would sum up the attitude, and actions of most Christians, is the word "mediocre!"

Now, too many Christians, the perception is that 100% is not required all of the time for all things. As a matter of fact, if you would ask most the question, "Do you think that 99.9% would be considered enough?" Most would answer, "Yes!" However, if 99.9% is good enough, then this year alone:

--2 million documents will be lost by the IRS
--12 babies will be given to the wrong parents each day
--291 pacemaker operations would be performed incorrectly,
--20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions will be written; and,
--114,500 mismatched pairs of shoes will be shipped. 1

Let's flip the coin for just a second Think what would be our plight if God only gave 99.9% to us for salvation. Or, if Jesus only gave a 99.9% sacrifice for our sins. Or, if the Holy Spirit indwelled us, and accompanied us just 99.9% of the time. I say to you, if any of these were true, you and I would be in serious trouble. Yet, though we expect God to give us 100% all of the time, we, for some reason, have convinced ourselves that 99.9% is good enough for us. However, I submit unto you that anything less than 100% of our best, all the time for all things, is simply MEDIOCRE!

I think of the University of Arizona campus, particularly their athletic center. If you walk into that monstrous facility, you would see that on both sides of the standing room of the gym, in tremendous letters, is the words ...

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