When I was younger, I aspired to do great things. My life would be recognized for its selfless contributions that helped change the world as we know it. I would be admired by my peers, awarded by my community, and respected at my college.
Yet, I have never had the opportunity to make a world-altering contribution throughout my lifetime. Instead, I spend my weeks writing sermons, teaching the Bible to a small group of people, and ministering in little communities.
Slowly, I have realized that all I can do is my best with what the Lord gives me. Every sermon, lesson, conversation, blog, and meeting can be done with my maximum effort. Whatever the Lord gives me to do, I can apply myself completely to each task.
One day each of us will stand before God to give an account of our lives. We will not be asked if we did great things; rather, what did we do with the opportunities given to us. Our lives will not be a failure as long as we do each project for God and to the best of our ability.