I’m sure you’ve heard this before – I don’t pretend that this is new, but faith comes by hearing, so the more you hear it, the better chance it has of sticking with you.
Sometimes when I stop and think about the things I’ve done for others, I come to realize that I don’t always give my best. Either I’m in a rush and I’m just trying to hurry up and get the job done, or I just really don’t feel like doing it in the first place, so I just throw things together just so I can say, it’s done – here it is – take it!
I’ve done this more times than I care to share, but there are times when I have given my all; my absolute best – and the absolute best was returned to me 100-fold. Those were the times that I actually took a moment to pray. Then it would hit me, if I do everything as if I’m doing it for God, I’ll be less likely to half-step. So when it’s time to write and print the church newsletter – I write as if I’m writing to an audience of millions and if only one person is inspired by it, it’s totally worth it.
This can be applied to everything. If I do my laundry (right now I’m failing miserably in this area – forgive me!) as if I were doing it for God, I’d be less likely to leave clothes to wrinkle in the dryer for days on end. (I’m a work in-progress, don’t judge me!)
Those times in my life when I actually gave my best, it brought me the most joy and lasting rewards. I discovered that when I give it my all and my best those are the times when God steps in and does the rest. It’s not because of anything special I’ve done; nothing I can even take the credit for. It’s solely by His grace.
The point is, when we give our best and allow God’s grace to do the rest, we are able to go above and beyond what we think we are capable of doing. When we don’t do our best we tend to feel guilty and unworthy of any rewards we actually do receive. Of course we’ll never be fully worthy in God’s eyes, but we can at least try – and do the best we can.
So the next time someone asks you for a favor, give them your best work. No matter what it is; whether you think they’ll appreciate it or not. Just do it and you’ll see that the best will, in deed, come back to you.
Have you ever experienced a time God’s grace filled in the gaps for you? When it seemed like a miracle that things turned out as well as they did?
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