Tuesday: 4th June, 2019
Reference text: Acts 20:17-27
Acts 16:26-27 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
When the people around me begin to beat themselves over the outcome of somethings which were not as ideal as they would have expected, I often pose a question to them: ‘did you do your best?’ And that is one question I also ask myself when things don’t turn out as I would have expected. I ask myself if indeed I gave off my best because the answer to that, forms the basis for any subsequent action.
As we see in the text today, Saint Paul was confident in what he had accomplished and the manner in which he had done so. While some may be of the view that his words sounded boastful, what we cannot fail to acknowledge is the source of that ‘confidence’. In his words: ‘I’ve done my best for you, I have given you my all and held back nothing of God’s will for you.’
Because of this, he could wash his hands off this matter and be at peace.
Beloved, when things turn out a certain way even after we have given our all, although we feel bad, at the back our minds, we have some joy. However,
when things turn out a certain way because we didn’t even try, refused to or did not put in as much as we could, we feel absolutely terrible. This feeling, if unchecked, could herald a descent into a deeper pool of regret.
Sweetheart, you may be facing a daunting task or have been given responsibility for something you actually have no interest in. But this does not call for an abandonment of task without even trying to do your best. You can’t always see how high or how far something is going, so always give your best. If for no one, for yourself because then, regardless of the outcome your heart will be at peace.