Do You ALWAYS Give Your Best?

This thought has been bouncing around in my brain a lot lately.  I’m not really sure where the general idea came from at first.  The idea that God is calling on all of us to always give our best at everything we do no matter what. I remember once listening to a podcast by Andy Stanley, Pastor at North Point Church where he claimed that no matter what you are doing, no matter what cruddy job you have, no matter what kind of spouse you are married to, no matter what hardships you have or will face, you should live every bit of your life like you are working for God himself.

This idea resurfaced for me this weekend while watching the movie Facing the Giants.  If you aren’t familiar with it, it is the fictional story of a high school coach and his football team that overcome impossible odds to go from the worst team to the championship team.  A common theme in the movie is giving your best.  The coach repeatedly says “Leave nothing out on that field, do not walk away from here tonight without giving your absolute best! Your absolute best!”  It is when his players begin to realize that they  have more in them than they think and they do start giving their true absolute best not only on the field but in school and life that they start to turn the season around.

What about me?  I am blessed to have an extremely full and rewarding life.  I am married to the kind of caliber of man that words cannot describe.  I have three amazing, beautiful and smart children.  We are homeschooling family.  We are dedicated and very active in church and ministry.  I have a wonderful network of friends that I adore and enjoy very much.  My husband has a thriving career he deeply enjoys.  And oh… I run my own photography business.  If you’ve ever run a business you know that in order for it to thrive and grow you have to dedicate dubious amounts of time and attention.

The question I am asking myself right now is do I do my ABSOLUTE BEST in every single area of my life?  Do I ever leave anything out on the field?  Do I do everything I am called to do the best way that I can?  Talk to me!  What are your thoughts on this?  And how do you give your best in everything without feeling like my photo all the time?


  1. Melissa G. says:

    Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

    This is one of my favorite verses. It’s one of those verses that I remind myself of when I’m working through some of the drudgery of daily life as a stay at home mom.

  2. Great post Crystal. I’ve got two little boys in my lap at the moment, but I’ll try to comment on it later when I have time 🙂

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