“Who made the mountains, who made the trees, who made the rivers flow to the sea, and sends the rain when the earth is dry? Somebody bigger than you and I.”
–A gospel standard by Lange, Heath and Burke
“Doing your best” would seem an easily understood concept. And there are most assuredly times when we put forth our best effort. The greater challenge is producing high quality work on a consistent, day-in and day-out basis.
How can we accomplish that?
In my way of thinking, it’s not really that complicated. You only have to understand for whom it is that you are truly working. We find that answer in Colossians 3:23, where it is written, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not your human masters.”
There will always be a name at the bottom of your paycheck, and we need to be respectful of that individual and grateful for the opportunity with which he or she has provided us. But we must be empowered by an even higher source to really do our best work. That source, of course, is the Holy Spirit.
Without that empowerment, as mere humans we lack the pride, the self-discipline and the enthusiasm to genuinely do our best work. And that’s an axiom that isn’t restricted to our livelihoods. Rather, it is equally applicable to our personal lives – maybe more so. As we seek to be the best fathers, mothers, grandparent, friend or whatever the relationship that we can, once again we need to reflect upon who it is that we are really serving – for whom we are working, to return to the above-referenced scripture.
My fervent prayer for One Life is that every day you will seek empowerment from Christ in your professional and personal endeavors. That’s a game plan with a guaranteed successful outcome.
Dr. Scott Elliott (Scotty Elliott’s Dad)
President, Meridian Community College