How often do we say “Do your best,” or some version of that? Give it your best shot. Give your best effort. Be the best you can be.
The words below from Mother Teresa have really moved me and I have been pondering them greatly the last few days.
God will ask you if you have done your best, for the love of him. Can you in all sincerity say, “I have done my best”?
Even if the best is failure, it must be our best, our utmost. If you are really in love with Christ, no matter how small your work, it will be done better; it will be wholehearted. Your work will prove your love.
You may be exhausted with work, you may even kill yourself, but unless your work is interwoven with love, it is useless. To work without love is slavery.
Always be faithful in small things, for in them our strength lies. Do not pursue spectacular deeds. We must deliberately renounce all desires to see the fruit of our labor, doing all we can as best we can, leaving the rest in the hands of God. What matters is the gift of your self, the degree of love that you put into each one of your actions.
Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best. Neither glory in your success, but refer all to God in deep thankfulness.
If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about people’s opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. The Lord has willed me here where I am. He will offer a solution.
After reading those words, here are some questions to reflect on:
What is the reason behind giving your best?
Are you only giving your best so you get something in return?
If the chances of getting the results you want are bleak, do you still give your best?
Do you let other people’s opinions affect how you feel about giving your best?
Should giving your best result in God giving you circumstances in life to always make you happy?
Does success make you think you have arrived at your destination and no longer need to give your best?
Does failure make you think it is pointless to give your best?
Can you be committed to giving your best without being emotionally attached to the results?
My challenge for myself this week is to remember the reason why I give my best and emotionally detach myself from the results. Be faithful in small things. Trust in Him. Be thankful. Give the gift of my self. Be humble. My work will prove my love.
My challenge for you is to find principles to live by in your life, rather than living by feelings. Give your best out of love...even if it is failure.
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