The other morning I saw an advertisement where a pastor told the story of 2 raindrops that landed at the top of the Continental Divide. One landed just half an inch to the west of the peak and the other landed just half an inch to the east of the same peak. That inch of separation made all the difference in the final destination of those 2 drops.
The drop that landed to the west followed its path winding through creeks, mountains, rivers, and valleys and eventually wound up in the Pacific Ocean, while the drop to the east journeyed to the Mississippi River and found its way to the Gulf of Mexico and eventually the Atlantic Ocean. One inch changed the trajectories of the 2 drops forever.
The Continental Decide
The choice of mediocrity will not require a lot of work, and it may make us content and possibly happy, but the downside is that the path of mediocrity will never lead us to discovering our true gifts and abilities that were given specifically to us. The choice of excellence will make us open to new ideas, challenging ourselves to constantly become better, but it will also be relentlessly hard work that will exceed the normal hours others will want to work. Both paths will have upsides, but they will also have their downside.
It took the 2 drops roughly the same amount of time to reach their destination. We also have the same amount of time allotted to us to live our lives. We can choose to discover our inner best or not. The interesting thing about the Continental Decide is that neither decision is bad, but the choice we make will take us to 2 totally different places while we are on this earth. I'll choose excellence. How about you?