Art Williams wrote a book, “All You Can Do Is All You Can Do, But All You Can Do Is Enough.”
In the fall of my sophomore year in college I was to give a 20-25 minute speech. I was terrified. I was procrastinating. I felt I was incapable. On that day of class I skipped. The guilt, the defeat, the dissatisfaction with myself all but did me in that day. On top of that, I felt I was carrying the weight of hundreds of people back home who had great expectations of me.
About 5:00 I went over to my professor’s office as he was getting ready to leave. Mr. Sackett was so intimidating to me. I spilled my guts and my feelings about it all, and while expecting the hammer to come down on me I got something different. Grace.
Mr. Sackett sat down with me and offered me grace… and while still stern because I had shirked a responsibility, I was able to make this up. I remember after leaving his office God putting something on my heart: You can only do what you can do, and that is enough.
It was kind of funny years later when I was introduced to Art William’s book. But, it is so true. So many people live their life based upon others expectations or with a false sense of who they are. The result is failure of continuously falling short of expectations and not being able to do what you can actually do.
If you’re like me, I have to constantly, sometimes on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis keep myself from getting off track and off focus by trying to do what I am not able to do. When you do what you can do, you will realize that what you can do is more than enough… and you can be highly successful at that.