Give One Hundred Percent

March 14, 2016

Life can be hectic.

Juggling jobs, school, volunteer activities, and other commitments can often overwhelm us. When we are overwhelmed, it can be tempting to  be half-hearted about what we are doing, instead of giving it 100%. I know — I’ve been there.

I was going through life this way recently, but was reminded of a passage in scripture: Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:23).

As I read this, I was convicted. I want to give my whole heart to everything I do, and want to bring glory to Christ while I do it.

Someone once shared with me that if we accept 99% of what we do or experience as being “good enough,” then we would have to accept:

  •     one hour of unsafe drinking water every month;
  •     two unsafe plane landings per day at O’Hare;
  •     16,000 pieces of mail lost by U. S. Postal Service every hour;
  •     20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions every year;
  •     500 incorrect surgical operations each week;
  •     50 newborn babies dropped at birth every day;
  •     22,000 checks deducted from the wrong bank accounts each hour;
  •     32,000 missed heartbeats per person per year.

I don’t know if those statistics are completely correct, but it certainly gave me something to think about. It puts into perspective how that extra 1% of effort can make such a big difference. 

Imagine if everyone on earth only gave half-hearted effort! It would negatively effect so much of day-to-day life. I have resolved to give my 100% best to God, to my church, to my job, and to any other commitments I may have.

It may not always be easy, but it’s unto God, and that will always make it worth it!