Do Your Best and God Will Do the Rest
There was a poster that used to hang in the Sunday school room of the Bronx Mission when I was growing up. It said, Do Your Best and God Will Do the Rest. Every time I was in that room, I looked at the poster and felt such relief because it was a reminder that God carries my load for me.
When I was in middle and high school, I took that saying to mean that I should do my best in my school work and extra-curricular activities and not worry about the outcome. That was tough for me, since I tend to be a worrier. But I studied for my tests as much as I could, and God helped me remember the information. I practiced the piano and drums, and God helped me memorize the music for my recitals and marching band performances. I played hard during basketball practice, and God let the coach play me and protected me from injury.
I'd forgotten all about that poster. Lately, I've found myself very stressed at my job. It's mainly because I've been picking up the slack of my co-workers in order to meet our deadlines during this busy time of year. My bosses realize that I get my work done ahead of or on schedule, and it's good quality, so when someone else falls behind schedule, they add the work they aren't getting done to my to-do list. It really bothers me that I work so diligently to get other people's work done, while they sit around complaining about the amount of work they have to do (which is about half of my workload).
Last week, I found myself wondering why I care so much about the quality of my work and making sure it gets done on time, wishing that I could be more like my co-workers because they don't seem stressed out. Why am I so different? As soon as I had that thought, the saying from the poster popped into my head.
In church a few Sundays ago, our minister read an email that he had received of how this man, not wanting to burden his family with troubles from work, hung his burdens on a tree outside his front door when he got home. In the morning, on his way into work, he picked the burdens back up from the tree, but they always seemed lighter than they had been the evening before.
Hearing that really hit me. I shouldn't feel burdened by my troubles in the work place and what my co-workers are doing (or not doing). I need to be thankful to God that He has given me a good work ethic and that my management acknowledges that they can rely on me to meet the schedule.
I just need to do the best that I can, and God will take care of the rest. As we all make resolutions and renew our commitments, I pray the same prayer for you — that you do your best and let God do the rest.