ďOur deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Ē - Nelson Mandela

Giving Your Best

259043_7008.jpg (521548 bytes)How often do you give your best? Lay it all on the line and abandon that cautious safe place. Give everything. How often do we give God our best? Now Iím not saying sell all your stuff and become a missionary, but rather, when during our day do we stop and say Iím giving this all to you Lord. Iím going to walk the dog, Iím going to be an ďAĒ player at work, Iím going to train for my sport all to the very best of my ability, to glorify you. Iím going to do my best and while I do it Iím going to give back every drop my ability, which actually came from you God. Isnít that the ultimate compliment to God, to use the gifts he has given us, fully, with a grateful heart?

PH01947J.jpg (49779 bytes)Why donít we? Sometimes I get scared. Afraid it will hurt. Afraid Iíll fail and bafflingly afraid that I will be successful. Yes afraid of success, thatís because then Iíd be trapped working to stay at that pressure filled winning place.  I think like that and get way beyond the simple concept of giving it your best. A couple years ago I did this indoor triathlon and I beat everyone-EVERYONE including the men. I had a great day I was on, and now Iím afraid to do it again. That win overwhelmed me, entering again means that I would have to be in great shape, Iíve set a precedent. Or have I? Does it really matter if I beat everyone the next time? What if I went and did the race and had the opportunity to encourage first time triathletes? What would happen if I gave it my best and didnít win? Thatís the key, itís your best, it is everything you have at that moment for that day. This means totally expending all your talent, resources and grit, saving nothing as a reserve. What if you give it your best and fail? Thatís where we get tripped up, we donít try, we hold back and donít give it our best. We let our pride and fears hold us back from a liberating experience. It's not the result - it's the effort. There are all sorts of reasons why we don't give our best, sometimes we just 841611_10494897.jpg (1096496 bytes)go through the motions in life, other times we're tired, or we're preoccupied and distracted. I want to encourage you to kick it up a notch, to give more of yourself, give it your best and while you do it thank God for the capacities he has given you.

Sunday I saw this video in church and it motivated me to want to give it my best: