‘Wherever You Are, Be All There’

The missionary Jim Elliot, once said ‘Wherever you are, be all there.  Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.’  That’s good advice.  Paul says in the book of Colossians ‘And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.’

Anything you have to do, ought to be done well.  Throw yourself into every task that you have been given.  Don’t just do the bear minimum. Do everything as well as it can possibly be done. 

If your job is to wash the dishes, wash the dishes as best as you can! If you’re studying Chemistry, or Algebra, or violin, study it with everything you’ve got! 

Why?  Because this is the place that God has put you right now.  Glorify God through everything you do.  We are told in I. Corinthians to do all for the glory of God.  So do your best work in everything to glorify Him.  Glorify him as you serve other, glorify Him as you study math, glorify Him as you do everything that you do. 

It has been said, ‘If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry.  Sweep streets so well that all of the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. ‘

So wherever you are, be all there (or whatever you are doing, be doing completely)!



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  1. That’s something I need to work on. Roman history would be where I struggle currently. I just have to read about 280 more pages and I will be through with it forever, but pray that I will put my whole self into what remains.


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