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!