Giving My All


I know it sounds crazy but I tend to be one of the few that give 1,000% when I do something. Recently, I’ve thrown myself into a few things and I am sitting here in McDonald’s (mooching internet) and thinking; Am I exhausted? Am I Tired? Why do I give so much? Why do I care so much? Why doesn’t everyone else give as much? Do I need to continue? Is it really worth it? Do people see it or care? We can all be vulnerable at asking questions like that and sometimes it is healthy as long as we don’t allow a critical spirit to control us.

I started a church, Village Church. I am working on my Bachelor’s in Christian Leadership. I do sports commentary for the local high school (Cornersville, Tn) on the radio along with ALL the show prep. I am now a den leader in the Cub Scouts. On top of that I am a worshiper of God, a husband and a father. That’s a lot to balance in a day, week, or even a year. Oh, and I’m sucking air. That means I have a life to live with all the freedoms and baggage.

I’m not saying this to complain. Not at all. But sometimes, I do sit here and wonder is it really worth it. Does everyone else give so much? Y’know, 1,000% or maybe even 150%? I don’t know because I don’t know enough of what goes on in the lives of those around me to make a judgement call such as that.

What I do know is this. After I sat here with my head in my hands just praying for all the things going on and all the lives impacted and all the lives around me that are experiencing pain, this one thing comes to mind.

Is it worth it? YES!

Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

I bet you caught it didn’t you. We are not told to do things for ourselves nor are we to do things for others. We are to do everything for God. That means everything I do should be in worship to Him; Worship meaning my response to who He is and what He has done, is doing, and will do in my life. So my life is a response.

I have to remember that. Everything I do is responding in worship to Him. So therefore Whatever it is, I’m doing it for His glory and giving thanks while doing it. When I’m scouting with First Graders, do it for the God’s glory. When I’m on the radio with Cornersville athletes, do it for the God’s glory. When I’m teaching at the High School, do it for the God’s glory.When I’m being a husband or father, do it for the God’s glory. WHATEVER it is, do it for the God’s glory.

This keeps me motivated because I know my ultimate reward is Him and being in His presence in His kingdom one day. Since He served us through death, we serve one another in life.

Can doing be draining? Sure. Is it tiring? Absolutely. Does it make you want to quit sometimes? You bet it does. But then I have to continue to turn to God’s word and hear Him say, “Don’t grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (Galatians 6:9).

I have hope in the only one that gives eternal hope! I need Him to help me continue to give my all, knowing that in due time, we all who did not grow weary shall reap a harvest worth giving Him praise for.

What keeps you motivated when you want to quit?

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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