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The world is facing multiple challenges and difficult times where giving your best requires a steadfast commitment and resolve to give nothing but your best. In everyday life, you should give nothing but the best of yourself in anything you engage to accomplish. Don Miguel Ruiz, a spiritual teacher and bestselling author of “The Four Agreements,” said, “Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.”

When you give your all in life, whatever goal you pursue, you never regret it. There is a remarkable difference between giving 99 and 100 percent. At 100 percent, you see your problems all the way through to their solution in life. However, at 99 percent, you will find a way to take the path of least resistance.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture where excellence is often the exception. God’s words say, “be a different person with a fresh newness in all you do.” You must be willing to pay the price, and here it is: To win you must deny yourself many things that would keep you from doing your best. People will gauge your character by the height of your ideals, the breadth of your compassion, the depth of your convictions, and the length of your persistence. So, do your best to give it your all!

You should approach every task thinking how you can do it better. If you are good at crunching numbers, excel as an accountant. If you are a skilled communicator, be the best teacher you can be. If you are a visionary who can inspire others, be the best possible leader.

The great thing about life is that if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it. So, settle for doing nothing but the best, and you will discover exceeding joy that you did your best. In these uncertain times of a pandemic, it can be easy to perform less than your best because of anxiety and frustration from being confined to home and isolated from people and places you enjoyed visiting.

If you find that you are depressed and don’t know where or who to turn to for help or reassurance, remember God is always there for comfort, encouragement and reassurance. Also, why not call a friend that you have not spoken to for some time and give them your best. We’re all in this together, so Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten