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Friday, June 1, 2012

Super-Achiever vs Slow-and-Steady

Are you more of the super-achiever or “slow-and-steady-wins-the-race” type? What advantages do you see in each? What are the drawbacks? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 647).

Surely everyone is a super-achiever in one sense – there is bound to be some tasks that they have utterly mastered. I am, for example, a super-achiever at eating and sleeping. I am very accomplished at it and it is not hard for me to do at all. There is another sense, however, in which I am a super-achiever at nothing. For the question always arises even for those tasks that are easy for me, am I really doing my best at it? From this point of view in regards to eating I have much to learn – to eat wisely and well actually proves to be a significant challenge not only in terms of knowledge but also of will. So even in the common task of eating, the preferred stance is a humble one – I have much to learn and overcome, and I should look at it from the preferred perspective “that-slow-and-steady-wins-the-race.” Considering oneself a “super-achiever” always raises the question whether one's sites are sufficiently high. Effort and faithfulness to one's calling alone become the final test of character. As Robert Browning put it: “Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?” And Jesus said: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" [Luke 12:48]. In this sense, no one dare fancy themselves a self-appointed super-achiever, and to judge others as such puts us inevitably in the judgment seat of God.

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