Among the Aztec people of Mexico, it is said that a long time ago there was a great fire in the forests that covered the Earth. People and animals started to run, trying to escape from the fire.
One owl, was running away also when he noticed another small bird hurrying back and forth between the nearest river and the fire. He headed towards this small bird. He saw that it was his brother the Quetzal bird, The bird was running to the river, picking up small drops of water in his beak and then returning to the fire to throw that bit of water on the flame.
Owl approached Quetzal bird and yelled at him, "What are you doing brother? Are you stupid? You are not going to achieve anything by doing this! What are you trying to do? You must run for your life!!
Quetzal bird stopped for a moment and looked at owl, then answered, "I am doing the best I can with what I have!"
It is remembered to this day, that a long time ago the forests that covered the earth were saved from a great fire by a small Quetzal bird, an owl, many other animals and people.
The folktale above is just that, for we have all seen the devastation forest fires can do right here in the United States. However, the principle of doing our best in any given situation is true.
If we do merely what is expected of us or the least possible just to get by, we short change ourselves. Every job that we do as Christians, whatever it may be - let it be done in the name of Jesus!
From the new mother who is changing diapers to the chief executive officer. From trash pick up to floral deliveries... it doesn't matter what you are doing, if you are doing it with an attitude that pleases God!
There may be times when "the flames of life" may beat you down. Or maybe people will "look doubtfully" at what you are doing. You may feel overwhelmed and question "does this really matter?" This is a time to make sure your focus is fixed on God and what He has given you to do.
While we should always be open to counsel from godly men and women, it is more important to do what God wants, which may not necessarily be what someone expects of us. Keeping our focus on pleasing God rather than worrying about what people say or if what we do truly matters, gives us freedom in everything we do.
Whatever it is that God has asked you to do... let it be unsurpassed! May it be done from your heart and may it be your finest. Do it with a great joy in your heart, for only then will your blessings will overflow!