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How routine is your routine?

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When Traci and I vacation, I love to have a very loose schedule with some super relaxed guidelines. I don’t want to fill every inch of my schedule with activity, instead, I want the freedom to do, or not do things, based on how I feel in the moment. Schedules cramp my vacation style.  

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Being free with a schedule on vacation is one thing, but people who go through the rest of life without much of a routine usually struggle to accomplish the work God has for them. It’s hard to live remarkably when you’re trying to cram it in “when you feel like it” in the moment!

 

As a youth pastor for almost 17 years, I have seen a lot of students who illustrate the truth of this point. The students who live by a schedule, who get up at a certain time each morning, run through a routine that doesn’t include a last minute panic to get out the door, come home from school and follow a similar routine with homework, chores and entertainment, always did so much better than the students who just raced around frantically all the time, responding to whims and in-the-moment feelings.

 

I tended to be one of the latter students when I was growing up. It was easy for me to stay up late, cram for tests and live on relatively little sleep. I’m not saying I functioned at my best, but I could get by, so I allowed myself to be easily distracted by social invitations and last-minute Taco Bell runs. And when I look back at my high school years, I realize that I missed a lot of opportunities with friends, family, work and youth group, because I was so busy not living by a schedule!

 

Some of you, like us, have little kids in the house, and you know how important schedules can be. There is something profoundly important about living by a fairly steady routine that makes it easier for all of us in the family to function. And I’m convinced it is one of the qualities of those that live most remarkably; those that live the Overboard Life to its fullest.

 

Jesus was a man of habit. Luke 4:16 says it was his habit, “his custom,” to go up to the synagogue on the sabbath and to read the Scriptures. At least 20 times in the Gospels we’re told that Jesus set out to pray, and in Mark 1:35 we’re told He went out to His “scheduled place” to pray. Jesus established regular habits of filling Himself up with God’s Word and spending time connecting in prayer.

 

He also served others regularly, He spent time with friends, He had time for strangers, He met with religious leaders, He helped the poor and He confronted the wicked and He did it all with plenty of time to spare. When His life was over He prayed to the Father and said, “I have accomplished everything you set for me to do.” Somehow, Jesus had enough time for all the work God gave Him.

 

I know from my own experience, as well as the experience and wisdom of others, that a routine is crucial to maximizing success in life. As I approach 40 and think about what the next 40 years will look like, I have some big goals and God-sized dreams that will need a tighter daily routine if they are going to be accomplished in whatever years I have left. For example, one of my goals, inspired by author and speaker John Townsend, is to write a book every year, for the next 20 years. That’s an impossible goal if my daily routines don’t adjust for it.

 

How routine are your routines? Where could you make an adjustment to your schedule that might help you maximize your effectiveness? Are you intentionally making time to connect each day with God? Today, take a moment to have an honest look at your routine and maybe start by making one small adjustment. Share with us in the comments what change you can make and maybe you’ll inspire others to make the same change!

 

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!

Who needs God? We have technology!

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Joe Castaneda While I’m a devout football fan, I had a tough time tuning in to this year’s Superbowl (although you should read my amazingly accurate Superbowl prediction here!), as two of the four teams I can’t stand, were playing. (Incidentally, the other two teams I can’t stand lost to these two teams, in the playoffs two week prior!) (That’s a lot of Two’s and to’s.)

God mercifully protected me from having to turn down a bunch of Superbowl watching parties by having my wife and I traveling on the day of the big game. So I caught glimpses of Seattle’s epic victory while navigating Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

A few days after the game, however, I dialed up a Youtube channel that had all of the Superbowl commercials. I enjoyed catching up on the commercials I missed and am always amazed at what some companies will do with their $4,000,000 commercial spot. One that left many inspired and in tears (according to viewer comments) was done by Microsoft. It was a powerful 60 second ad:

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I’ve watched this commercial a few times and found myself inspired each time. The people and stories they used to illustrate the power of technology make me want to stand up and cheer; in fact, it almost makes me like Microsoft. (Which as a life-long Apple guy, that’s a big shift!) (Notice I did say, “almost” makes me like Microsoft).

I digress.

But as I thought about all the claims this commercial made for technology, it reminded me very much of the claims Jesus made about Himself, and about His followers. In fact, I’m fully convinced that the things “technology can do for us” should be the calling card of every church that truly follows Jesus. Imagine if your church reader board said,

“Come to our church: We will unite our community, inspire people to be great, take you places you’ve never dreamed of, give hope if you’re feeling hopeless, give you a voice if you’re feeling voiceless and we empower everyone who walks through these doors.”

I bet you’d have a few people coming in to check out your claims.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that those claims should be true of every believer in Christ -- every person striving to live the Overboard Life. Let’s look at each claim:

The power to unite us: As Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure, He prayed for unity to exist among us (John 17). He prayed that we would love each other with the same love God has for us, and that through our common love of a not-so-common God, we would be united in our worship, our work and our Kingdom dreams. True unity doesn’t come from a computer screen, but from a faith built on the unchanging nature of our God, expressed in genuine love for others.

It inspires us: When I contemplate all that God has done for me, I’m inspired to grow and be who God wants me to be, so that I can do what God wants me to do. In Romans 12:1 Paul writes, “Therefore, in view of God’s mercy…” we should live sacrificially for Him. The more I think about His mercy, His desire to pay the price for my sins, the more I’m inspired to step out of the boat and live out my faith. And I’ve noticed that when I take those steps of faith, others are inspired, too. And when I see others take the leap of faith, it inspires me to go even further! God is the greatest inspiration for every good and decent action.

reflection of GodTechnology has taken us places we only dreamed of: When I began serving the Lord with my life, I never imagined the places I'd visit, the people I’d meet or the opportunities God would give me. I’ve had the privilege of working with people from all over the world, I’ve traveled to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, all over North America and have made friendships with people with whom I have but one thing in common -- Jesus. I’ve heard the name of God worshipped in dozens of different languages and dialects, and my life has been transformed by the opportunities God has given me. I’m humbled by His provision and for the chances to be used by Him at home and around the world. I never imagined God would use me the way He has, and that He would take me to places I had only dreamed of. He took a lowly fisherman and made him the leader of the early church. He took a humble shepherd and made him king of an empire. He took a servant girl and made her queen of the Kingdom. He took a broken and hurting widow who had nothing, and made her the Great Grand mother of Israel’s greatest king. When you live your life devoted to God I feel like it’s ok to quote Dr. Seuss…”Oh the places you’ll go!”

It gives hope to the hopeless: There is nothing that gives us hope like faith in God. As a race, humans are doomed to live under the curse of sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23). Left to ourselves, this curse leaves us without hope and destined for an eternity without God. But God didn’t leave us without hope, instead, He sent His Son Jesus to do the unthinkable -- the perfect Son of God became the perfect sacrifice that made it possible to have our sins removed (John 3:16). When we had no hope, God gave us a chance; when we were dead in our sins, He made us alive. And God will do that for anyone who turns to Him in faith. And once your life has been changed by God’s grace and mercy, you should reflect that same hope to others. Nothing gives us hope for a better future than a relationship with God.

It has given voice to the voiceless: Some of the greatest advocates who have spoken for the voiceless are people who have put their faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus was the ultimate example of one who cared for the those forgotten by society, and by His grace and goodness, many of His children do the same today. In fact, no people on earth should care for the voiceless more than those who have been saved by the sacrifice of Christ. While our contemporary culture loves to point out those people who call themselves followers of God but who make Christianity look so spiteful, I’m thankful to look through pages of history and to see people living out their faith and speaking up for the voiceless. The drive to end slavery was initiated and led by people of faith. The women’s movement, at least in its origins, was led by men and women of faith. I spoke with an executive at a ministry that is seeking to end the world’s hunger problem and he told me, with absolute certainty, that the leading voices making a difference in the world’s poorest communities are people of faith. Hospitals were began when people of faith expressed their compassion to the hurting. Orphanages took shape under the community of faith. Today, hundreds of faith-based organizations are rescuing women and children from the sex trade industry and offering them education, training and hope. Knowing Jesus gives us the greatest platform for offering a voice to those who are not heard.

Empowering us all: No technology, no government and no policy, cultural norm or social initiative can ever empower people the way God does. The freedom that comes from knowing God and living a life of faith is unmatched by any other force. The Word of God sets people free to be who God designed them to be, so that they can do what God designed them to do. In a culture where people are longing for connection and fulfillment, a relationship with God empowers people to pursue greatness through the strength, power and resources that God provides. The humblest of humans can rise up to greatness under God’s hand, and “ordinary” individuals perform extraordinary tasks by trusting in Him. There is no other source of empowerment greater than God, and those living the Overboard Life should know it best.

This commercial has challenged me to evaluate my life. Am I leading the charge in unity? Am I trying to inspire others to live a life of godliness? Am I celebrating the journeys of others as they go where they never dreamed of in God’s service? Am I offering hope to those who have none? Is my voice speaking out for the voiceless? Am I living empowered by God, and showing others how to do the same?

Maybe next year you’ll see a commercial during the Superbowl about someone living the Overboard Life. You’ll be moved to see all that God does through people who trust Him with their lives, and you’ll think -- I want that to.

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!

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The music of life

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A couple of days ago I was sitting at the kitchen table with my youngest daughter, Celina. She was playing with her dolls, I was eating a small snack and thinking trying to wake up from one of those coma-like naps. Suddenly, we both looked up as we heard the strangest sounds coming from across the lake. Our summer camp season had just finished up (I work -- and live! -- at Lake Ann Camp) and guest groups are now arriving. So the typical sounds of campers laughing, swimming and running about have been replaced with group specific sounds. For example, this week is a marching band, and so the sounds we heard at the table were of the percussion section.

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As I listened, I heard the big bass sound of a large drum, the ratta-tat-tat of a snare and the sweet melody of timpani drums being hit. After I remembered that the band was here, I returned to my pile of cashews and blueberries. However, Celina continued to be intrigued by the musical notes drifting through the woods.

I watched as she pushed her chair back, and then stepped through the slider onto the deck. She listened to catch the direction of the sound, then walked bare-footed to the back of the house by garage. From there, she slipped into the garage for a moment, reemerged with shoes on her feet, then walked straight through the brush toward the music. She didn’t take the path below our house, that led along the lake; she didn’t take the road on the front side of the house that led to the dining hall…she went over stumps and through shrubs directly toward the music.

It was sweet. Her feet were dancing, not walking. She smiled and bobbed in rhythm, and the curious sounds made her laugh as she pushed through the brush. I watched her for a while until I couldn’t see her anymore, than I hopped out on the road and walked parallel with her until she finally saw the source of the music. She sat mesmerized for a few moments before returning home satisfied. I just smiled.

After I came back to house, I started thinking about the music. As often happens with any of us when it comes to contemplating music, we can get a little spiritual in our reflections. I wondered: is there anything in my life that would make people want to follow its sights and sounds? If my life were a band, would people come to hear it? Would people travel through the brush, would they experience an inexplainable need to be close?

Jesus’s life was a symphony that people couldn’t help but hear. When ever He showed up anywhere, people flocked to listen, to see, to touch -- to encounter -- Him. They wanted to be close to Jesus. Of course, not all of them liked what they heard or saw, and certainly many hated Him. But His life couldn’t be ignored.

In Mark 2 we read of one of my favorite Jesus encounters. When He showed up in town, a huge crowd came to hear the orchestra His life produced. So many people came, the house filled up, people were spilling out the doors and windows and the mob wouldn’t even let a paralyzed man in to be close to the Messiah.

But four friends couldn’t be detoured by something so small as a house, so they tore through the roof and lowered their friend on a mat so he could be in front of the Christ. Jesus’ life was so compelling, these four friends would stop at nothing until their paralyzed buddy had a chance to encounter the Jesus they knew and worshipped.

And this was the norm for Jesus. His life demanded that you witnessed it. His life called to everyone nearby. You couldn’t ignore the music His words and actions created. It was like that band playing on the deck of the camp’s dining hall -- my daughter couldn’t return to playing with her dolls until she knew what was at the source of those sounds.

I wonder about my life. I don’t want to play a beautiful solo that attracts no one. I don’t want to be a part of the biggest band that draws the smallest crowd. Instead, I want to live in such a way that the Jesus I live for rings from every instrument, sounds forth from every note and is displayed in each arrangement my life plays. I want people to wander through the thicket of life to hear the sweet sounds that flow from my life. And I know that’s only possible when Christ is my conductor.

How’s the music of your life?

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!

5 key phrase for remarkable living (4 of 5)

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Choose your thoughts” (Part 4 of a 5-part series on living a remarkable life. Click here to read part 1, part 2 or part 3)

I’ve read scientific estimates that suggest the average human thinks 30,000 thoughts a day after their 18th birthday! That means if you live to be 78 years old, you will think 657,000,000 thoughts in your life. “A penny for your thoughts” is suddenly a very profitable offer!

Those 30,000 daily thoughts define us. It is essential that if you and I are going to live remarkable lives, we must aggressively seek to choose the thoughts we will dwell on, as well as the thoughts we will eliminate. We must give careful attention to our thoughts.

The Apostle Paul told a group of believers that he would strive to take each one of his thoughts captive, bringing them into submission under Christ. He understood how important thoughts were, and understood that living remarkably couldn’t be done without remarkable thinking.

Here are five areas where we need to carefully choose our thoughts:

  1. Forgive quickly: I’ve known too many people whose lives have been wrecked by a little seed of bitterness. At least it was a little seed at one point. But when a person chooses not to forgive hurts committed against them, that little seed soon becomes a root that penetrates every part of their lives. That root takes over and before long, life is marked more by hurts than by victories, more by the pursuit of revenge and ‘fairness’ than by the pursuit of remarkable, Overboard living. Forgiveness is a choice, and when we learn to choose it in our thoughts early and often, we can find great freedom to pursue what God has put on our hearts.
  2. Joy is an option: Joy is not a byproduct of good circumstances -- it’s a byproduct of daily choices, regardless of our circumstances. The Bible commands us to choose joy in our trials (James 1:2-4), not because trials are fun, but because trials produce in us something of eternal value. Victimhood is easy and is not for those living remarkably. Joy is one of the great indicators of those who are living remarkably. We must choose joyful thoughts each day, in each circumstance.
  3. Think the best of others: I’m often guilty of reading into peoples’ actions and assigning a meaning that I perceive is correct. In other words, I’m guilty of thinking I know others’ motives. In 1 Corinthians 13, the great love chapter, Paul tells us that “love always protects, trusts hopes and perseveres” (1 Cor 13:7). I’ve had someone explain to me that “always trusts” means to believe the best in others. If you are going to live remarkably, you can’t waste some of your 30,000 daily thoughts on the motives of others. Instead, start by thinking the best of others until circumstances clearly direct you to do otherwise!
  4. Load up on truth: Philippians 4:8 instructs us to think thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. The more you load up on the truth, the more you’ll begin to recognize things that aren’t true, or noble or right or pure or lovely or admirable or excellent or praiseworthy. The best counterfeit agents in the world don’t waste much of their time studying counterfeits -- they study the real deal. The more they know what the real thing looks like, the more easily they recognize a fake. Load up on the truth, and you’ll start to see right through the lies this world has to offer. The Bible is the greatest source of truth that we can fill our minds with.
  5. Inspire others: What thoughts do you have that are about inspiring others? My friend Danny Ray is a world-class magician who inspires others every time he takes the stage. His magic is unreal. But if you spent just one afternoon with Danny while he’s not on stage, you’d see that what he does on stage flows out of what he does as a matter of intention. He thinks of ways to inspire others through acts of kindness, words of encouragement or through living as an example of selfless service. His thoughts are constantly circling around ways to make people laugh, think, smile or be blown away. He wants people to know God as he knows Him, and he does it by inspiring others.

If you are going to live remarkably out of the comfort of the boat, following Christ onto the water even in the midst of the storm, you will have to carefully choose your thoughts. I’ve given you my “Big-5”, what thoughts or categories would you add to the list? (Feel free to leave some of your ideas in the comments for others to consider.)

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is better on the water!

5 key phrases for remarkable living (3 of 5)

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Pursue collaboration” (Part 3 of a 5-part series on living a remarkable life. Click here to read part 1 or part 2)

I don’t know what’s so glamorous about the one man show, but, especially in western culture, we pride ourselves on being able to accomplish great things alone. Unfortunately, it’s an attitude that is often more to our detriment than to our good.

In 1980, one of the greatest moments in sports history took place in Lake Placid, NY, during the winter olympics. A group of exceptionally average hockey players came together in one precise moment, and David slew Goliath on ice. The U.S. hockey team was a compilation of good (not great) college hockey players who finally figured out how to unite as a team, and how to overcome great adversity.

The game known as “The Miracle on Ice” wasn’t even for the gold medal -- it was for a chance to play for the gold. But it is a game that few will ever forget as Coach Herb Brooks led his boys to one of the most unlikely victories, ever.

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There is so much written about this great event, and several excellent movies and documentaries have been made. As I’ve watched and read many of them, one profound truth emerges in all of them, and it’s this: no single player won the game for this team -- it was the whole unit coming together that led them to greatness.

Pursuing collaboration is a significant key in the process of living remarkably. While moments in life emerge when individual talent or determination are central components of our story, it’s in collaboration that we find the key to long-term success. During the great hockey game between the U.S. and Russia, individual players stepped up at key moments: Mark Johnson’s timely goal at the end of the first period led the soviet’s to bench their legendary goaltender; Mike Eruzione’s goal put the U.S. up 4-3; U.S. goaltender Jimmy Craig stopped everything hit at him in the final ten minutes.

Not one of those plays or players was more significant than the other, yet none of them would be remembered today, without the collective impact of all of them. The collaboration of the team led to team greatness, and to what Al Michael’s would remember as the greatest sports moment he ever had: “Eleven seconds. You got ten seconds...the countdown going on right now. Five seconds left in the game! Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”

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Living remarkably demands that you and I pursue collaboration. The Bible is full of ordinary men and women who lived remarkable lives when they collaborated with others in chasing after God’s story. Peter the fisherman walked on water, healed the sick and preached before great leaders in collaboration with his brother, best friend and other followers of Christ. Esther was chosen only for her beauty, and soon became queen and saved a nation in collaboration with her uncle. David was a shepherd, whose friendship with Jonathan propelled him to be a man of incredible character (just as his collaboration with Joab influenced his demise...a topic for another blog). Paul, Sarah, Mary, John, Gideon, Deborah and the list goes on and on, of people who lived remarkably as they learned to collaborate with others.

Rarely in Scripture do we see instances where just one man, or one woman, is set apart for God’s work without them being put in direct connection with others. In fact, I can’t think of any such instances! Even Jesus, God’s own Son, walked this earth in collaboration with others as He fulfilled the Father’s plan for His life.

The point is this: collaboration makes us better. Collaboration allows us to improve our thinking, better our products, increase our influence and expand our reach as we strive to live remarkably according to our divinely created designs! Collaboration, not isolation, allows us to more efficiently and effectively complete the race God has given to each of us.

Remember, remarkable living happens when:

  1. Mediocrity is unacceptable
  2. [We] Always deliver excellence
  3. [We] Pursue collaboration

How are you pursuing collaboration? Who is one person you could contact, right now, in order to collaborate on your dreams and their dreams as you both try to live the Overboard Life?

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!

5 key phrases for remarkable living (2 of 5)

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Always deliver excellence.” (Part 2 of a 5-part series on living a remarkable life. Click here to read part 1)

In my last post, we discussed the importance of the phrase, “Mediocrity is unacceptable” to those wanting to live remarkable lives. And once mediocrity is set aside, excellence must become the standard.

The problem in trying to deliver excellence, is that excellence has a relative quality to it. Something that may be excellent to you, may or may not be excellent to someone else. You may look at one painting and call it excellent while I may scoff. On the other hand, I might call a ninth inning at-bat in the playoffs, excellent, while you may deem it overgrown boys playing a game (and in this case, we might both be right!).

But excellence must be defined if we are going to deliver in our quest to live remarkably. Despite its elusive nature, and somewhat relative context, there are some basic tenets to creating excellence in our lives. As I have reflected over products, projects and relationships in my life, I think excellence is a by-product of these five qualities:

  1. Excellence is a by-product of effort: Excellence doesn’t happen on its own, and isn’t a product of being ‘natural’ at it. Excellence is achieved through hard work. But hard work, by itself, isn’t enough -- you can work hard to produce something of poor quality. Hard work, in the right way for the right reason, is an essential ingredient in excellence. If you’re not willing to work hard, you won’t, you can’t, achieve it. And keep in mind that effort must become a daily habit, not merely last minute frantic activity.
  2. Excellence is a by-product of ruthlessly eliminating mediocrity: Mediocrity cannot be an acceptable result of your effort, or the work of your company or organization. Mediocrity and excellence are mutually exclusive: when you settle or pursue the one, you immediately eliminate the other. Check out part 1 of this series for more information on getting rid of mediocrity.
  3. Excellence is a by-product of passion: Passion is the component of excellence that shows itself, even when no one else is looking. When you care, when you are consumed by what you are working on, the barriers become opportunities and obstacles become invigorating challenges to be conquered. When asked about how he created his famous angel sculpture, Michelangelo responded, "I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free." Passion is the fuel of excellence.
  4. Excellence is a by-product of collaboration: While no one will care about your work, your creation or your family as much as you will, excellence can only be achieved when the efforts, passions and skills of others are harnessed in cooperation. Finding like-minded people to support, improve and increase your efforts is crucial in the pursuit of excellence.
  5. Excellence is a by-product of finishing: Too many ventures, books, businesses, jobs, marriages and products fall by the wayside because people don’t finish. Excellence is hard, but worth the effort. Don’t give up when chasing your dreams and goals, finish them completely.

There you have it, my five thoughts about excellence. As you try to live the Overboard life, what would you add to this list?

So far we’ve talked about two key phrases to a remarkable life:

  1. Mediocrity is unacceptable
  2. Always deliver excellence

Stay tuned for the remaining three phrases.

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!

5 Key Phrases for Remarkable Living (1 of 5)

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Mediocrity is unacceptable” I’m reading, Platform, by Michael Hyatt, and came across this great quote:

“The truth is, mediocrity is natural. You don’t have to do anything to drift there. It just happens.”

That statement is true whether you’re talking about writing books, building houses, teaching children, preaching on Sundays, cleaning bathrooms or changing diapers. Mediocrity is easy and requires zero effort on our part.

Living the Overboard life means you and I must believe (and therefore act) that mediocre living is unacceptable.

That’s really the heart of the my latest book, Project Nehemiah: Making your life truly remarkable. Overboard living doesn’t happen by accident. It doesn’t happen because you’ve read a lot of books on how to make your life meaningful. Overboard living -- living the life of faith out on the water where Jesus is building His Kingdom, instead of in the comfort of the boat -- demands intentional excellence.

But I’m convinced that intentional excellence begins when we determine that mediocrity is unacceptable. We may not always know each step of the journey when we start out, and we may not always grasp the magnitude of the climb we embark on, but each of us knows, feels, the failure of mediocrity when we encounter it.

When I was in college, I worked on a project with two friends that involved the explanation and demonstration of how a fire extinguisher works. We did a lot of research, interviewed some experts and then developed a plan for our presentation. It was my job to actually pick up a working fire extinguisher and I had decided it would be cool to light something on fire, and then put it out using the device after our thorough presentation.

I checked out some options for my big fire, and realized there were some obstacles to making this happen. I didn’t even try to find a solution and in the end, after the wonderful presentation by my two classmates, I held up a fire extinguisher, demonstrated it’s fine features, and set it back down unused. Despite the humor I used to offset my mediocrity, I knew I didn’t earn my part of the “A” the professor gave our team.

To this day, I wish I had worked out a way to do a live demonstration of that fire extinguisher. Doing my mediocre part, however, was easy. I settled because I wasn’t committed to something better. I hadn’t determined that mediocrity was unacceptable, and so drifting there was simple.

Overboard living begins when, in faith, we step out in action and choose to reject mediocrity. No matter what other options you and I face, we must start be declaring that mediocrity is unacceptable. Once the mediocre choices are taken off the board, whatever else is left, regardless of the obstacles that may come with those choices, are the options we must pursue.

Think about your journey right now. Are you in the midst of some tough choices? Start here: take the mediocre decisions off the table. As you look at your options, determine that mediocrity is unacceptable, and as you do, the choices that demand intentional excellence will come into clarity. You may not know what the next move is, but you will know what it isn’t.

This five part series will give you five phrases that are key concepts in remarkable living. Are you ready to live Overboard? If so, mediocrity is unacceptable.

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!