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Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Standing Invitation

Are you ambitious for great things, or satisfied with very little? Illustrate. (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1111).

Remember that in sports the difference between “average” and “champion” is only a matter of seconds, or even tenths of seconds; and in the measure of life, the difference between “average” and “historic” is only an accumulation of relatively small decisions. This is partly to say that the meaning of average is difficult to determine, so we ought to use the term cautiously; and still more, that we ought never to minimize our own role or potential, because we may not know how close we are to being a key component in eternity’s unfolding. (The Thirteen Apostles by J. Ellsworth Kalas, pages 105-6).

Like many humans (all humans?) I yearn to have a lasting influence that will live beyond my encroaching mortality. No doubt this is one reason I do these blogs. There’s a hope that someone perhaps now or years hence may happen upon them and find them interesting or helpful. Very average in every way, I must augment my occasional gifts with considerable effort. The hope is that any extra measure of effort may make the difference between average ephemeral and above-average longer-term. These daily blogs are like photographs--I must shoot a raft of mediocre turkeys to hit upon a prize gobbler worth keeping.  If a handful of them survive and find their way to table; I will, rest assured, smile.

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