I find myself saying, “Do the best that you can”, to my children lately. I have been saying a bunch of these phrases…
You are only cheating yourself, when you don’t work hard.
Check your work three times.
Do your best, and if you can do better, do it.
Instead of doing the least amount, strive to do extra.
If you don’t get it the first time, try again, until you do get it.
In each of these phrases, I am trying to encourage my children to do their personal best and use the gifts and talents that God has given them. Some things come easily, and some things you have to put in a great deal of work and effort. I don’t want them to be somebody else. Instead, I want them to try and see all the things that they can do. I want them to soar through the possibilities and see how much they can do.
The bible says that whatever you do, do it heartily. You should really go after it, put everything that you have into it. You should do it for the Lord, not to please the people around you. The Lord will reward you for serving him.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
–Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)
Most of the time, when I start something now, it feels daunting. After the excitement fades, I wonder how I can possibility do it. When I start to feel this way, I lay my requests, worries and concerns before God, and I ask God to guide me. Everything is easier, when I have God guiding me. Then, it is my job, to do my best. By doing my best, I honor the Lord.