Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10
While many people work well, very few give their work their best effort. Many do the job to get it done in the easiest and shortest way possible. They do not want to put any extra effort into the job being done.
Working in this manner quickly separates those who just survive and those who succeed and are masters at what they do. Musicians see or hear someone who is a master at playing the piano and want to be like that person. Yet, when it comes to practicing on the piano, they only want to practice a few minutes each day. One does not see the hours of practice that the master pianist has put in to get to where he is at today.
It is common that many people will give their best in one area of their life, but do the rest only with a half a heart. People try to cut corners and get by with the least amount of work. This is true when it comes to working for others, but also in doing things for themselves.
As Solomon wrote these words, he did not have a lot of hope for after death. His focus was just on living today and being the best at what one does. He determined that if you must do something, give it your best.
Paul tells you that whatever you do, do it as though doing it for the Lord. Do you want to only give God your leftovers, half-hearted effort?
Since Jesus has come there is now a hope of eternal life after death on this earth. You have a reason for doing your best for God and for everyone else.
Giving your best for someone else, such as a boss, shows God’s love through you. It shows your commitment and honesty. God gave His best for you, why not give your best to Him and to everyone else?
Whether you are working or playing, give it everything you have. Put your best into it. God can use that to touch the lives of others.
I pray today that God will give you the strength to give your best; that God will guide you in what to do and how to do it; and that you will know the hope you have in Jesus for all eternity.