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Doing Your Best Not Good Enough?

Talkin’ Turkey

By Trisha Sharp

Doing Your Best Not Good Enough?

11 September 2021

Like many people from around the world, I sometimes feel as if I’m not good enough. My disability stops me from doing things as I want to. I know that if I wasn’t hurting so bad, that I would be able to do these things. But when my pain level increases, I’m not good for much. This does not bode well for someone with OCD. I know these things need to get done. I want to get them done. But for some reason the pain just keeps me sitting on the couch. I decided to be proactive and started digging in the Bible for verses to motivate me to move even through the pain. Here’s one of them:

Colossians 3:23 -24

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

I always tell you to do the best you can with what the good Lord gave you. As long as you do the best you can with what He gave you, you’re good because that is all He asks of you and He will reward you, as it says in the passage above. But then, because I have OCD, I have decided to add a few verses for that as well. The first one reminds me that I can do NOTHING without Christ Jesus

John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

These next verses reminds me that as long as I listen and obey the Voice of God, I will be Blessed.

Deuteronomy 28:1-8

“And it shall come to pass, if thou halt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth; And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shall thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine (cows, cattle), and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee…

Deuteronomy 28 continues to tell you of the blessings for your obedience through verse 14. Of course, the punishments for disobedience, starting in verse 15,

are numerous, but always remember that forgiveness is possible though our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, I am working hard to control the OCD, because it just eats me alive when I can’t do what I believe I should be doing. When I can’t do what I believe I should be doing, I get a little depressed. Then I start beating myself up until I get mad and get up and start doing stuff in my anger. The topping on the cake is that because I've pushed myself in my anger, I’m hurting worse than I was before. I purposely put myself in a situation where I could do even less. Why? Because I’m stupid! I’m not really stupid, but I did act in a stupid manner by pushing myself beyond my physical limits. I try to remind myself daily, to only do the best that I can do and not push myself to the point where I can’t do anything. God only wants from me the best that I can do. So, instead of getting upset with myself over what I can’t do, I try to concentrate on God’s Word and what things I CAN still do.

I know that it’s hard to stay in a positive frame of mind with today’s atmosphere and isolation. But it is important to remember what God wants for us and act accordingly.

God loves you and so do I…Go and Be Blessed.

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