You might have read my previous thought about excellence and how it spilled over into my “regular” life (It Starts With Your Work) and so you might thing “Giving it my all” is an innate quality that I have. Nope. I want to get things done, I never really wanted to give it my all. Then it hit me, literally yesterday…
I was listening to Michael Hyatts podcast yesterday (highly recommended) and he was answering the question about content. It went something like this…
“Michael, do you save your best content that you plan to use for a book or do you blog it anyway?”
I thought he might answer about duty as a writer, the challenge that is set before us or some other way. Nope his short 2 minute answer unpacked a thought I had been working on for a year or more. To explain let me try to go back – I apologize upfront to my engineer readers who are really upset about my punctuation in this post, it’s pretty free form idea making, literally right now.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.“
(I’m going somewhere with this) I used to read this and think, “God will give me what I want.” Nope. Just like in, It Starts With Your Work, I believe God gives us HIS desires and we make them our own. This new idea, your best work is part of this.
Back to Michael Hyatt’s answer. He was saying that he believes we have a stewardship of our God given ideas and a duty to share them with others. That’s when it hit me. It’s not just about being excellent, that’s really too ambiguous. It’s about giving everything you got, not because it sounds good, not because it’ll look great on an image on facebook, but rather it’s actually our duty to our Creator and frankly as service to others.
In light of this new thought unpacking. It became clear I need to give it my all or don’t bother trying at all. It’s really what my Grandfather used to tell me, “Don’t half-@$$ anything in life.” Unfortunately for me, it’s taken 30+ years for these thoughts to mean anything to me.
So my question to you, is what area of your life should be “Giving It Your All?”