“My concern is that we often forsake the very best things in life for the pursuit of good things…
…I have learned from years of being an idiot that the best thing I can do for my life is to set my eyes on Jesus and walk to His side…
…Life exists in the presence of the King.” — Troy Meeder, author of Average Joe
Troy’s approach to this book is inspiring. What seems to be a book that embraces the fact that many men are ‘average‘ when it comes to things like family, faith, and work — the author challenges the reader to not allow the ‘average‘ label rob you of the greatness we find in a real, fruitful relationship with God.
Troy takes a collection of life experiences and unpacks the life-changing lessons learned through blood, sweat, and tears. From the depths of the ocean floor to soaring high above the Rocky Mountains, the book helps the reader to identify with those same life-lessons that are being revealed to us on a daily basis.
At the end of this book, I desired so much to sit down with Troy on a front porch in Central Oregon and sip an Arnold Palmer as I listen to more of his stories & the nuggets of wisdom expounded from his experience — yet, at the same time, I feel encouraged to go out & capture the moments in my own life that God so desires to reveal Himself & His words of wisdom specifically meant for me.
As I struggle with the mediocrity & mundane I experience in my day job, accompanied by the exhilarating highs I encounter with family & ministry, I realize that God is speaking to me in all of it. I’m faced with choice to settle for good things or press on forward for great things – God’s best for me. The need to rely upon God in all things is reaffirmed in my reading of Average Joe. This is a must-read for anyone that feels they’re drowning in the label of just being ‘average‘.
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