High school was really easy for me. Too easy. I could do my homework for second period in first period, for third period in second period… you get the idea. Ten minutes of work usually got me a B, whereas I knew it would take more like an hour to score an A. It seemed like an efficient use of time to just take the B. I was deep into college before I discovered the many benefits of working to one’s potential.
Now I have children of my own, and two of them are rather like me, and I want to beat my forehead against the nearest brick wall because, “Why are you content to settle for such substandard performance when you’re so much more capable than this!?!”
The parents’ curse (“I hope you have a kid just like you someday!”) really works. Utter it with caution.
I think my acceptance of academic mediocrity grew from the habit of comparing myself to others. It wasn’t so hard to outscore a lot of the other kids, and the ones I’d really have to work to compete against were pretty hardcore. I didn’t want to be that much of an egghead. I liked leisure too much.
You may be wondering what this has to do with forgiveness.
My bents toward comparison and laziness relate to my lack of fervor in dealing with a number of scriptural mandates, one of which is to forgive others. I wasn’t nearly as bitter or angry or corrupt as many other people, and it seemed like a lot of painful effort to try to get up to where the real saints of the faith are, so I contented myself to linger around in the zone of I’m-not-that-bad-the-way-I-am.
Mediocrity: when you don't care enough to even try to send your very best. What a slap in the face to God, huh?
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I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot… So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
– Revelation 3:15-16
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