Impatient with Mediocrity


On Thursday, I had the opportunity to pay respects and attend the funeral of David Davidson.

David Davidson was the Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, as well as the Director of Music and Arts at Highland Park United Methodist Church, where I work.  Before being our Director at HPUMC, he was the Director of Music and Arts at Highland Park Presbyterian Church for 18 years.  Obviously, this man was extremely influential in the world of music.

It was interesting to see the thousands of different people that attended, all from different backgrounds.  The Dallas Symphony Orchestra played at the funeral as well as many soloists, choirs, and chorus’.  It was beautiful.  10 songs and 15 speakers.

There were several things that struck me about this man.  There were tiny, sweet little grandchildren that were told that a candle in honor of their Papaw would be lit every time they came over.  Stories of him flying cross country to Yale to watch our organists recital for his doctorate the week before Christmas.  Tales of his strength during the past two years as he battles brain cancer.  The Reverend Dr. John McCoy from HPPC said a few things that struck me as well, he mentioned that David provided a place where the secular world and the spiritual world of music collided.  He also mentioned that it was even obvious by the grand funeral that this man was impatient with mediocrity.

Impatient with mediocrity.

What a compliment!  There are times in my life that I have been just fine to be mediocre.  However, there are other areas of my life where I am impatient with mediocrity.  Impatience with mediocrity means to be above reproach, wanting the very best in every situation, not wanting to drop the expectations.  Jesus, himself, was impatient with mediocrity. Ok, maybe Jesus was not impatient.  However, Jesus’ life was anything but mediocre. He did not love mediocre.  He did not sacrifice in a mediocre fashion.  He did not just heal people at a mediocre level.

I am preparing a lesson for tomorrow morning about ethics.  Barry Bond, Michael Phelps, Chris Brown and Rihanna will all be mentioned.  These people have all had some ethical issues come up even though they are far more than mediocre in their area of specialties.  However, these ethical issues cause them to be mediocre athletes or singers in the ethical sense.

Why just live a mediocre life? Why not be impatient with mediocrity?

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