Who's Chasing You?
The other day I was running my usual loop. Someone new asked me a usual question, “Who’s chasing you?” yelled a sarcastic stranger out the window of her air conditioned SUV. At first, I allowed the wind to roll my eyes as I responded my usual “No one.” However, this was a new day. My usual response was challenged by a new concept: There was, and always has been, someone chasing me. This new awareness taught me my chaser was the concept of usual, typical, mediocrity. For the next two miles of my run, I realized my chaser’s name was Mediocre Mat. Mediocre Mat desires me to maintain the status quo. He is ok with being usual. He is satisfied with not seeing anything new, never learning, never growing.
Mediocre Mat remains a few steps behind me, waving the usual life as a reminder of that from which I run. Mediocrity transcends physical fitness. If we embrace usual, in any area of our lives, then our pursuit of excellence is overtaken by our chaser, Mediocre Mat. In 1 Corinthians 9:24, Paul reminds us of how we should run: to win the prize. Our lives should continually pursue excellence. Perhaps, however, you say that you are immovable. That you will stay firmly rooted in who you are. That, my readers, is a very good sign of the usual. Romans 12:1-2 challenges us to not conform but be transformed by the continually renewing our minds. That continual renewing is running. It is avoiding the usual that gets us stuck. I hope our new goal for this summer is to not let usual catch us.
So, I ask you, not the usual question of Who’s chasing you? Instead, I ask, How will your life look different if they catch you?