Private John Haley fought in 28 battles and skirmishes in the Civil War between August 1862 and June 1865. He came through them all without a scratch. That is amazing!
He was once asked how he managed to do that. “He was content to attribute his own remarkable record to having ‘achieved successful mediocrity.'”
I love that!
I like the humility and, no doubt, some honesty! People striving to do heroic things in battle often just get shot! Guys content to do their job have higher odds of surviving. Yeah, you may not get the awards or the spotlight, but you just might stay alive!
I love this. One of the secrets to success in Civil War battles were vast numbers of guys just doing their job. Thousands marched together into thousands of entrenched troops. You don’t win battles by one guy standing out doing the whole thing. David and Goliath don’t cut it in Civil War battlefields.
We love to talk about being little David taking out big Goliath. We love the story of the hero who single-handedly does it all. Perhaps that’s why The Church fails so often.
The Church will only work if every member of the body humbly does their job. As long as we are driven by personalities and celebrities, guys out front doing everything for the rest of us, we’re going to implode.
Humble mediocrity, just doing your job, is what The Church needs. Less superstar Christians, more foot soldiers following their Commander’s orders.
Humble, service done without fanfare. It’s a thing of beauty.