We Gave It All We Had

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the “to do list” that seemingly never ends? I sure have. It’s during these times I’ve had to step back, re-evaluate and prioritize what is most important. For example, I have deadlines to meet that range from music projects to community service projects. Though it is all important, I find it more beneficial to complete tasks one at a time, and then move on to the next. Most people have been blessed with more than one gift or talent. With that said, I would much rather see a person do one thing great than do several things mediocre. I’m sure there are those who are extremely skilled at multi-tasking. Trust me…I have the utmost respect for you!!

I just thought about a slightly humorous night out a little over a year ago. Derek, Shon and I went to find a TV for my mom on Black Friday. It was after midnight, freezing cold and a long line of people were wrapped around the store waiting for the doors to open. Living in Michigan for 14 years has made me pretty adaptable to cold temperatures, but that was one night the Carolinas had me shivering. We were really determined to find this TV no matter how long we had to wait in the cold (at least that was our sincerest intention) but…..after a grand total of SEVEN MINUTES of shivers and quivers, Derek said, WELP, WE GAVE IT ALL WE HAD! I’ll go get the car!” =) We laughed so hard about our short lived endurance but that line has stayed with me ever since: “We gave it all we had.”

I believe one of the best decisions a person can make is to give it all you’ve got. Even if things don’t always end the way you’d hoped or planned, at least you gave it all you had. What I’ve learned is that in giving your best to something that appears to have been a loss, something else better always finds it way to you. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the times God gave me what I needed instead of what I wanted. We can only see in part, but He sees things from every angle. That is reason enough to trust Him with your life and trust Him with your heart. Most importantly, give Him everything…all of you. Give all you have to loving and serving others, and more will come to you in ways you can not imagine. When you give all you have from a pure heart, you will find favor with God….and man.

May peace and prosperity be with you always.

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