The Downfall of Mediocrity

25 03 2011

A couple of years ago I got involved in a lay community called the Home of the Mother. My cousin is the one I actually am thankful for because she introduced me to these great people of faith. A particular subject always stuck with me one day in a talk given by Father Colum of the Home, in that he said, “We should never settle for mediocrity.” Mediocrity is like a cancer that spreads with the loss of the fire for Jesus Christ. I saw myself at that time as being mediocre. Someone who just goes to church on Sundays and say their prayers. This is of course good to do these things, but are you just doing them because your parents are nagging you to do them then you are doing them for the wrong reasons.

It comes to a point in time where we need to ask for humility and say, “You know am I putting my best foot forward for God.” Or am I settling for second place. Humility is the acceptance of the truth. Humility is a virtue that has definitely helped myself realize this.  I challenged myself to get out of this state of “mediocrity” and work towards a greater life of holiness. I am extremely competitive so there should be no reason for me to settle for small gains in my faith than go for the gold. The vice that brings us down to mediocrity is in large part due to laziness or sloth. Sloth is hard for many to overcome sometimes. I struggle with it, we all have our moments. But with the end goal in mind we have to know that it is not acceptable and that we can do better!

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26 03 2011
Grant

1 Corinthians 9:24-27. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

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