Doing Your Part: The Art of What You Can

“You can’t do it all. But you can do your part.” ~Candice Coates

I saw a collection of photos the other day on social media. It was a brilliant article about a couple who reforested land, shared on Bored Panda. The images showed the twenty-year difference that was made when a couple decided to reforest a deforested area. They planted 20 million trees and in the span of two decades what was nothing but a wasteland turned into a green oasis where even the wildlife began to return.

This is victory. This is joy. This is doing ones part.

This couple did not set out to rebuild all the damaged land but they did restore the land that was in front of them and they are now reaping the fruits of their labors just like the animals that returned, as well as future generations that will come.

This couple can sit back and rejoice for a job well done because that is what they have done. They saw a need, they counted the cost, and they did what was in their ability to do without bemoaning what they could not.


When the children of Israel set out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem each rebuilt the portion of wall that was in front of them. They did not worry about the sections in front of others but tended to what was before them. They didn’t set out to do it all but they did their part (NEHEMIAH 3).

What is before you today? What is burning in your heart?

Remember, it is not up to you to do it all only what God has purposed in your heart to do. Some plant, some water, and others bring in the harvest.

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” ~I CORINTHIANS 3:6-9

If all you can do is give one child a cup of water even if you can’t quench the thirst of them all, know that you have begun a ripple that will eventually saturate the entire world just because you have done your part.

Be brave. Be diligent. And with joy, do your part!

*Inspiring story found on

*Photo by Elliot Fais from Pexels

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