Daily Devotional – 5/16/16 “Do what you can!”

I’ve often wondered, a lot lately, why is it that you can give folks all you have and they still expect more or they aren’t satisfied. Well, as of today, I’ve decided this … I’m only willing to give you what I want and if it’s not enough for you or it’s not to your liking, so be it! See, you can do so much for others that you end up losing yourself and your stuff in the process. I posted on Facebook this morning that all I have to offer ungrateful children, in this place of my life, is the door. I refuse to keep anyone who doesn’t want to be kept (I’m speaking on children). Please understand, I am being transparent because I need you to realize that just because I am a preacher; it’s not all glitz and glamour. We face issues too. Am I ashamed? Not in the least. I refuse to act as if everything is going great in my life. I mean, how can I tell you how to endure through your storm if I never go through mine? Baby, I need prayers just like everybody else but I’ve learned can’t everybody pray for you. Some folk are praying for your defeat. But chile, I’ve seen too many victories. However, I’m not writing this devotional for prayers or pity, but I’m sharing my moment to let you know that you have to get to a point where you give folks what you decide and be okay with it. If it doesn’t fit their liking, so be it. If it’s not what they want, tell them to take it or leave it. If they can’t get with it, offer them the door.


My husband and I have two teenagers who think they can do it better outside our home, so we showed them the door. We’ve worked too hard to give them everything they’ve needed and yet they still yell and scream, it’s not enough. Well baby, I’m tapped out. All I have to offer them now, as they stand on the outside of the door, is Jesus and prayer. And I am alright with it. I always say, I’ll fight for you as long as you fight for yourself but when you start fighting me; I get out of the ring. And you need to do the same thing with whomever you’re consistently trying to please, I know I’m not the only one. You have to stop getting drug through the fire to end up the only one with burns. You’ve got to stop trying to help others fight, especially when you’re the only one that leave with bruises. You’ve got to quit trying to be the knight in shining armor and all you get is arrows through the heart. At some point and time, you’ve got to stop offering them everything or giving them all they asked for and start giving them what you want them to have. If it’s not enough, that’s alright because you’ve done all you can. If it doesn’t meet their approval, cancel it and move on. Do what you can and be good with it!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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