I'm Not Average

You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great. II Samuel 22:36 (NIV)

The other day I was shopping for appliances and the salesman, who was hoping to sell me an upgrade, asked me, “Do you consider yourself to be just average?”

My quick reply was, “Yes”. In my mind I was thinking that actually I was probably below average. After all, I have never made any daring rescues, never invented anything to help mankind, never been famous for anything---just a plain-Jane housewife who gets up in the morning, cleans house, runs errands, makes dinner, does dishes, and walks the dogs. Nothing great---nothing outstanding about my life . . . just average . . . maybe even a little below.

But I was wrong. You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great. Wow! God stoops down to an average, ordinary me and makes me more than average. He makes me great! He gives me victory! How awesome is that! Without God we may be just average men and women, but when God is in our hearts part of His greatness lives within us and we also become great---not only great, but also victorious. There is no more need to feel inferior, dejected or depressed. God stoops down and makes us great.

Do I still consider myself to be average? Absolutely not. My God lives within me and that makes me very special.

Lord, please come down and live in my heart. Let your glory and your strength shine through me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.