“Going above and beyond the call of duty” are words that ring in every man’s soul…and they should. There is something majestic, dare I say, divine about a man who does more, gives more, strives more, is more. There is something about these men that challenges the rest of us; but interestingly not to be anything other than the best “us” we can be.
The problem is that we seem to be striving to be average instead…and failing even in that.
Here’s what I mean, the average man should consume approximately 2800 calories a day. The average man should have a waistline that is half his height. The average man should exercise 3-4 times a week. The average man isn’t normal.
Normal is overweight, out-of-shape, overfed and undernourished, preoccupied with entertainment and disinterested in their own job/family/faith. We eat the box of hot wings…all by ourselves. We squat 200 lbs. but only when we get out of our lay-z-boy recliner. We buy our wives flowers…to say we’re sorry. I read recently that the average American video gamer plays 18 hours of video games per week. (according to http://www.onlineeducation.net/videogame) A week! That’s an extra part-time job for crying out loud!
Great deeds are never accomplished by average men. Greatness is only achieved by great sacrifice, and only great men are willing to sacrifice greatly. Average men sacrifice somewhat. The normal man – as little as possible.
Here’s the thing…each of us is capable of being great! Of being in great shape, of being a great dad, of being a great husband, of being a great Christian. Of being a great man.
You can do this! You can be a great you, you just have to put down the video game remote, the box of hot-wings, get out of your La-Z-Boy and stop settling. Stop making excuses. Start striving…but not for average, average gets lost in a crowd; and not for normal – normal is the crowd. Great men lead the crowds.