Friday, August 26, 2011

Friendly Friday: Modern Reject

One of my newly-discovered, newly-favorited blogs is Modern Reject. The author, Nicole Cottrell, makes me feel like we're two bloggy peas in a pod. She's sharp and witty, she has just the right amount of self-deprecating humor, she's got great insight on our culture, and she's got a heart for God.

Doesn't get any better than that. Oh, except her site is also gorgeous. Did I mention that? It is. I'm totally jealous.

When she agreed to write a Friendly Friday post for me, I felt like I was hosting a celebrity! So read this post from Nicole, go follow her on Twitter, and then go fall in love with her blog. Because I know you will.

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Nicole Cottrell from Modern Reject

When Rachel asked if I'd be interested in writing a guest post for The Lazy Christian, I gave an enthusiastic "Yes!" As I considered what to write, I was realizing how much I admire Rachel and this blog for her willingness to be so candid and honest about her faith.

Sure, other bloggers do it, but who else calls themselves "lazy?" So I began to consider what adjective I would attach to myself and my own faith. One word popped in my mind.

It is something I have long struggled with. A word that encapsulates me. A word that perhaps you can relate to, as well. Mediocre. Hi. I'm Nicole, the Mediocre Christian (but not for long). Nice to meet you.

I have always been a bit mediocre. I have comfortably hovered just “above average” without ever excelling into the “excellent” range. I look good in practice and on paper but have always known in the back of my mind that I had more to offer.

Some people become frustrated knowing that they could accomplish more, or take on more. They are desperate for the chance or opportunity. But not me. I’m rather comfortable where I sit: the slightly above average girl. I’m not looked down upon for my under-achievements but not too much is expected of me for my previous over-achievements. There’s a saying: “Only the mediocre are always at their best.” That about sums it up.

I know now, however, that while I feel pretty cozy sitting in my lackluster lounge chair of a life, God has a whole lot more. Mediocrity, for all its pleasantries and comforts, is no longer to be my friend. We are breaking up. I am ready to trade the mediocre life for the abundant life Christ calls us to. Mediocrity is easy, and simple, and comfortable.  Yet, while nothing was glaringly "wrong" with my life, I had a slight twinge, knowing that God has more for me. He wants more for me and now so do I.

You see, when Christ said He came to give us life more abundantly, He prefaced with “may.” We may have it, if we seek it through Him. We may receive the abundant life if we follow His Word and His Spirit’s leading. There is a precondition to receiving the abundant life: loving and following Jesus.

We are called to be more than conquerors and that sounds like a lot of pressure to me. I feel like I’m barely a plain ‘ole conqueror let alone more than. But then I relax, take a deep breath, and remember that God does the conquering through me. He is responsible for the results. I’m responsible for showing up and obeying.

The abundant life looks quite different from the mediocre life. It is not about money or material success. It is not measured by your income or square footage. It does not care if you were promoted or laid-off. The abundant life is life with and in Christ, full of peace, joy, and love. It is the fruit of the Spirit being displayed in you—regularly. It is conforming daily to be more like our Lord.

I’m ready to say adios to my mediocre mentality. I’m not sure what lies on the other side but I feel pretty confident that this one time I can say: the grass really will be greener when I get there.


Do you struggle with mediocrity in any area? What one adjective would you attach to yourself and why? "Faithful", "Doubting," "Hopeful," "Struggling"?




© Nicole Cottrell, 2011

3 comments:

  1. " Mediocrity, for all its pleasantries and comforts, is no longer to be my friend. We are breaking up. I am ready to trade the mediocre life for the abundant life Christ calls us to. Mediocrity is easy, and simple, and comfortable. Yet, while nothing was glaringly "wrong" with my life, I had a slight twinge, knowing that God has more for me. He wants more for me and now so do I."
    Wow! Those lines somehow captured my heart.
    God wants for us a high definition life. Like i like to say on Twitter, Life in 3D, the real deal. But the problem is, we usually get to a level of glory and we settle. There's no settling. God always has more for us. The life He has called us into is an adventure.
    Thanks Nichole and Thanks Rachel for bringing to us an offering of Nichole.

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  2. I want more. I want to change the world. Really. The whole world. I've been busy infecting Christian leaders in several foreign countries and making disciples here in the U.S., but I have a belief and desire that there must be even more ahead. I would be disappointed if I left this world right now without having accomplished more.

    I want to see the church radically returned to the teaching of the Bible. I want to see thousands of Christians declaring, like you, Nicole, that mediocre is not acceptable. I want to see men and women really getting to know who God is and what He desires for us, learning what His Word really says instead of just listening to what guys in pulpits say it says. I want to see Christ-followers, not church attenders. I want to hear the real Gospel being preached boldly by my brothers and sisters, and not the impotent and false "just pray a prayer and walk down this aisle and keep coming to church and you'll be fine" message that keeps people comfortable and satisfied until the Judgment comes.

    I want those who resist the Lord to declare "These men who have upset the world have come here also!" (Acts 17:6) I want us to have a real impact, not just as individuals, but as the body of Christ standing together declaring the things that our God desires and the things He detests.

    Anybody with me?

    Willing to do whatever it takes?

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  3. What a great encouragement. It reminds me how Jesus talks about his church being lukewarm - (Revelation 3:16)
    We have an amazing God who demonstrates his great love through is Son. There's nothing medicore about that.

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