Pastor Jay Mace from the Winfield campus of The Pulse and I use to coach soccer together when both of our boys were in middle school. We had some winning seasons and we had some seasons that I don’t want to talk about. Even though I said I didn’t want to talk about the bad seasons, I need to share what a parent asked me at the end of our worst season ever. She said, “How much do I owe you for the trophy?”

To be honest with you, it blew my mind that a parent would ask such a question after the awful season that we had. My response was, “What trophy?” It’s amazing to me how society wants to be rewarded for mediocrity. Dr. Cavender, the band director from the University of Michigan said, “Mediocrity is the standard of excellence for the incompetent.” If we have the mentality that we should be rewarded for just participating, we are in a sad state of mind.

This topic reminds me of a scripture. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The key words are in bold-face. The question is, when it comes to your relationship with God are you just mediocre? Are you wanting a participation trophy or are you excited about the reward that God has for you for diligently seeking him? I encourage you to examine your relationship with God. Are you asking him for direction in your life?

It starts with you. God is listening…