'...Be zealous...and...be so always...' Galatians 4:18 NIV
Admiral Hyman Rickover, who was once head of the United States Nuclear Navy, personally interviewed every officer on board his nuclear submarines. Among them was former President-to-be Jimmy Carter.
This is Carter's account of the interview: 'He looked straight into my eyes. He never smiled. I was saturated with cold sweat. Finally he asked a question and I thought I could redeem myself. "How did you stand in your class at the Naval Academy?" I had done very well so I swelled my chest with pride and answered, "Sir, I stood fifty-ninth out of a class of eight hundred and twenty!" I sat back waiting for congratulations - which never came. Instead, the question: "Did you do your best?" I started to say, "Yes, sir," but I...recalled several times at the Academy when I could have learned more about our allies, our enemies, weapons, strategy, and so forth. I was just human. I finally gulped and said, "No, sir, I didn't always do my best." He looked at me for a long time, then turned his chair around to end the interview. He asked one final question, which I have never been able to forget - or to answer. He said, "Why not?" I sat there for a while, shaken, then slowly left the room.'
So what now? That's a question to ask yourself at the end of each day: 'Did I do my best?' You can be certain it's a question you'll face when you stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ to be evaluated and rewarded. If you can't answer yes, the question then will be, 'Why not?'
Soulfood: Col 3-4 + Philem, Mark 11:12-26, Ps 78:17-31, rov 23:26-28