A life of :: Greatness? Mediocrity? Balance?

What should you strive for? Greatness? Mediocrity? Balance? If you strive for greatness it seems like you have to focus in and forget so many areas of life to pursue greatness in one area. True?

If you try to NOT be mediocre what does that look like. Some would say they are a "jack of all trades and a master of none." Is that the optimists way of saying I am not really great at anything but ok at a lot of things? Is this a vice or virtue? I think that’s a hard question to answer. Can one really lived a “balanced” life? It just seems to be that your either going to be great at one thing and poor at most other things or you are going to be mediocre at everything at great at nothing.


And as people who follow Jesus what should our aim be? Greatness? Mediocrity? Balance?

I think I live a fairly mediocre life. I am might say I’m a jack of trades but is that really just a nice way of saying I am not great at anything? Maybe. And the things I think I could really be great at mostly depend on other people. I think I could be and maybe I am a great friend. But so often the people you want to befriend don’t allow your friendship to really be great. I think I am a great driver but that’s an opinion and my wife would harshly disagree with me. I think I could be a great speaker but I am not sure I want to put in the hard work it would take to become this. To lay aside so many other things, focus in on this art of preaching. To do this, to be this would call me to neglect so many other things in my life and would challenge me to the kind of discipline I have never been very good at.

So, should I embrace my balance, some might say my mediocrity? OR should neglect some things to be great at one?

I was just thinking about this yesterday as I was reading.

Peace Erik

PS :: here is a definition that might be helpful to the conversation.

Me`di*oc"ri*ty\, n. [F. m['e]diocrit['e], L. mediocritas.] noun 1. ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding [syn: averageness] 2. a person of second-rate ability or value; "a team of aging second-raters"; "shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him" [syn: second-rater] 3. The quality of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate. "A mediocrity of success." --Bacon. 4. Moderation; temperance. [Obs.] --Hooker.