Now, does that scripture make going the extra mile a situational deal? I don’t think so, because the One who said that never gave the minimum that was expected of Him. He never did just enough. He always gave 110%, and always put others first.
Success to me isn’t a particular goal reached, and it isn’t about fame and fortune. It isn’t something that can be measured with a yard stick or check sheet. Success to me is more of a frame of mind, an attitude, and a life style. Success is about character, it’s about relationships, it’s about contribution, and it’s about being the very best person you can be.
So, when you do just what is expected of you, you have “not” gone the extra mile.
Luke 17:10 says, 10 “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”
Now I grant you that the reference in this scripture is in relation to our service to Christ, but does He want us to do any less for our fellow man?
While on the job, or helping someone out; should we do just that which is expected from us?
We may feel that way at times, especially if we work in less than ideal circumstances, or are not paid very well. I do understand that feeling, but does God make those distinctions? Or does He tell us in scripture that whatever we put our hand to, we are to work as to onto the LORD.
Going the extra mile can at times be very inconvenient. Going the extra mile can take more effort and time. We may even feel that going the extra mile isn’t deserved by the person or situation we’re doing it for. Does how we feel about it really matter?
Don’t get me wrong, your feelings do matter, but that should never stop you from doing the right thing.
“If your enemy is hungry give him something to eat, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.”
If we are walking with Christ, we are to live like Him.
When we go the extra mile, even if we are not appreciated by the one we’re doing it for, God appreciates us and blesses us.
Going the extra mile is about doing what God would do and developing the character He wants developed within us. Even when you go the extra mile, and no one knows about it, God knows, and He is a rewarder of those who follow Him.
Remember, success is about character, relationships, contribution, and being the very best person you can be. One of the big ways you show that is by going the extra mile.
Whatever you do, do it as onto the LORD!
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