Can an imperfect person ever truly "Do their best"?

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Can an imperfect person ever truly "Do their best"? 2017-03-25T09:52:14+00:00

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  • SongofHannahSongofHannah
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    Yet again, in what seems like nearly every WT study, we are told to “do our best”.

    Even when we are persecuted, we do our best to live according to his righteous principles and laws. – Feb 2017 WT “The ransom – A perfect present”

    Cherish that honor, and continue to do your best to walk modestly with Jehovah forever. – Jan 2017 WT “You can remain modest under test”

    However, are we also determined to be “obedient from the heart” by doing our best to avoid sins that some would view as less serious. – Dec 2017 WT “By undeserved kindness you were set free”

    But this has always bothered me. Because, looking back on anything I have ever done, if I were to ask myself “could I have done better”? The answer would always be “Well absolutely. Of course I could always have done better!” Reason being, because I am imperfect, I can never truly “do my best”.

    It may be a pet peeve of mine, but I simply don’t understand how any imperfect person could ever look back on anything they’ve done and say they “did their best”. But I am not unreasonable, I understand being counseled to “try to do your best”, because we certainly can give it a try. But will we ever succeed? Not until we are perfect, can I see us doing so. But I rarely ever see it worded that way in the magazines.

    Not to mention how this makes us feel. Since we can never truly do our best, but are constantly being counseled to do so, what does that do to our joy in serving Jehovah and his Christ? Does it not instead set us up for horrible feelings of inadequacy and failure?

    What do you guys think? Do you agree, or am I just being too peevish about it?

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    SongofHannahSongofHannah
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    Haha read this post to my hubby and he gave me a big blaah with a thumbs down! So yeah, guess I’m being peevish! Um, sorry for wastin the space. Lol

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