The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H Jackson Brown
It is one thing to have great potential and yet another thing to live up to that potential. Those with limited capabilities doing the best they can are to be more admired more than someone who has great potential but is lazy, lethargic, or unmotivated. We should always be committed to doing the best we can at everything we do.
When we know someone has given it their very best, we can easily appreciate and respect their effort. Knowing someone has obviously performed half-heartedly makes it difficult to have any respect for their effort. When we do not put our heart and soul into something, we are not doing our best. We are underperforming. It is a substandard effort. We have shortchanged ourselves and perhaps others who may have counted on us. If we have given our commitment; whether it is something we are paid to do, performing a favor, lending a helping hand, whatever it is, we are morally obligated to give it our best. Anything less is unacceptable to them and us.
In the world of athletics, doing our very best is integral to good training and conditioning. The best athletes work hard and smart to find a way to give a little more or be a little better. The kids who compete in Special Olympics are often good examples of those who give their best. These kids are focused and always trying to give it their all, both mentally and physically. They serve as good role models to the rest of us.
Most of us do know ourselves fairly well. When we are truly being honest, we know when we have done our best and we know when we have performed substandard. We know when we are holding back, slacking off, or being half-hearted. What this boils down to is “holding our selves accountable”. For many of us supervisors or bosses hold us accountable to performing and meeting certain standards and expectations. We should hold ourselves to high standards of responsibility and accountability even more than anyone else does. This means continuously managing and monitoring ourselves to insure our best work, performance and production always.
Less than our best means we are not living to our potential. It means we are deficient and subpar. It means we are unmotivated, unfocused and poorly self-disciplined. We may have other issues and concerns as well.
Challenge: You know when you are doing your best and when you are slacking. You are that person who must hold yourself accountable in all ways and at all times. Less than your best means you are shortchanging yourself and letting yourself down. Your life, where you are and where you are headed are greatly influenced by your self-standards of accountability and responsibility. You will and do reap what you do. Sow well, reap well.
Wisdom: We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. Einstein
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. Proverbs 12:24
The lazy and complacent do not get as far in life as they should. Those accepting less than their best do not get very far, especially considering their capabilities and abilities. God expects good stewardship, to work hard, to produce, and to make a difference. The Bible teaches that those who work hard, are diligent, perseverant, and are faithful will be rewarded. We will sow what we reap. He will bless us and will reward us.
Prayer: Help me to be a good steward of all the talents, gifts, abilities and all the blessings you have given me.