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When You See the Label “Mediocre”

by | Mar 3, 2022 | Faith journey | 0 comments

Have you ever had someone tell you, or have you ever heard the little voice whisper in your ear:  “Who do you think you are?”

When you want to try a new thing, start a new business, a blog, or partake in an adventure that requires you to put yourself out there in the big wild west of the internet?  Have you ever wondered: what will other people think of me? They may think you are crazy, self-promoting, or simply lost your mind. They are probably thinking: who do you think you are?

This happens to me all the time.

Two years ago, God prompted me to start a blog about my spiritual journey and mom’s life. I resisted, I was scared, but He kept that seed in my mind for six months. Eventually, together with several friends, we started our blog: mommyneedsgrace.

We write each week diligently, it hasn’t grown much, but our friendships have grown. We share our prayers, dreams, heartaches, and little victories in life daily.

Do I feel a little defeated when I see that we haven’t grown much since we started?  Yes. But you know what, it’s God’s will for us, so we trust His timing. We are just getting started.

Last year, He also prompted me to start painting again. I had studied art in various schools in New York City. But I stopped painting after having my twins because my little family needed all of my attention at that stage of our life. Now all my children are in school, and I felt that nudge again, the nudge to express myself through my paints and brushes, so I started to paint the visions God put in my head.

Tomorrow is my first group exhibition, and again, I am nervous and starting to beat myself up: look at your stuff, and look at what other successful artists are doing. They have hundreds of thousands of followers. Their skills are so much superior to you. You will never be able to do what they do. You are just mediocre. Who do you think you are?

Luckily this time, I caught that devil’s whisper by its tail.

I’ll tell you who I am:

I am the precious child that our Father knit together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 NIV

I am a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. I am God’s special possession. 1 Peter 2:9 NIV

I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Ephesians 2:10 ESV

I am unique and irreplaceable. My face reflects God’s glory when He sits by me, because “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5 NIV

I am His beloved, treasured, assured, and favored.

I am free, free from self-defeat, free from the enemy’s lies and schemes, free from this world’s judgments and standards. And my freedom is not based on what I’ve done. It’s from His goodness and mercy and the power of His blood!

Next time when you question yourself, what good is it for me to spend all my energy and time investing in this task, what use is it? I am just mediocre.

Stop yourself right there and ask this question:

Who tells you that you are mediocre?

By whose standards?

By worldly standards, yes, there always will be people who write better, paint better, have more followers, and are more successful than you.

But by the kingdom standard, you are enough. Actually, you are more than enough. You are excellent, outstanding, unique, and praiseworthy. You are pleasing in his eyes because you are working for His glory.

You are doing exactly what you are supposed to do.

Make it clear, the word mediocre doesn’t exist in the kingdom dictionary. So throw the label with “mediocre” on it in the trash can the minute you see it.

God gives each of us a unique shine of glory. We reflect His glory when we look into his face and when we focus our works on Him.

Rebuke the devil and he will flee. Tell him to his face: I am not mediocre. I have just started, oh yes, I am just starting. 

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