Do Your Best and Commit the Rest
Earlier this week I was feeling discouraged wondering how I could possibly do all of the things I’m supposed to do. Then I remembered Chuck Smith’s saying: “Do your best and commit the rest”.
I was suddenly a lot more peaceful as I realised I only need to do my best – I don’t need to be perfect. I can stop worrying about whether I get everything done, and just do the best I can!
Sometimes when I take my son Caleb to swimming lessons, I encourage him beforehand to listen to the teacher, and to try and swim without floats. Then sometimes he says to me anxiously, “But I can’t do it very well!” So I have started telling him, “Just do your best, that’s all that matters.”
It is very freeing for him and for me to remember that. We get discouraged when we don’t do well, or when others do better, but if we are doing our best then that is what matters – we can’t do more than that anyway, so there’s no point worrying about it!
Once we have done all we can, then we leave the rest to God, and pray and trust Him that He will work it out. We are weak, but we live by God’s power; so we need to walk by faith, in prayerful dependence on His strength.
Do your best:
Commit the rest:
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Prov 3:5-6