Double Your Results By Going The Extra Mile

Have you noticed that those people who do more than what is expected of them have a different attitude?

Why is it so important to go the extra mile? Or to give without expecting anything in return? If you thought this wasn’t in the bible, here is a clear reminder after the beautiful Beatitudes, that Christ taught us not only to be loving and forgiving; giving and gentle; but to go the extra mile.

Firstly Christ told us to give with good measure [Luke 6:38]. That does not include giving to those who can only return the favour. And give only because you expect something back. If you haven’t already figured this out by now, you must have detected that God will give back to you in the same way you give to others.

As opposed to what our human nature dictates to us – to retaliate or take revenge when someone has wronged us or is mean, Christ urged us to go not one mile, but two! [Matthew 5:41]

Going the extra mile presents us with an opportunity to impact the lives of others. To gain the ‘more than attitude’ to live life and become more compassionate and empathetic in how we think and act. People who have the extra mile attitude are ones who display the attributes of a humanitarian, because they…

  • Care more than others think is sensible
  • Risk more than others think is cautious
  • Dream more than others think is pragmatic
  • Believe more than others think is imaginable
  • Give more than others think is obligatory

It is about growing up and maturing to think with a Christ like mindset and become more like Him. To live out what God created us to be. And found our identity in Him, by giving of ourselves and resources generously in living graciously towards others. Because simply put that is the way God lives towards you and I [Matthew 5:46-48]. No one can explain the things God decides or understand His ways and great wisdom [Romans 11:33],

Do you find it difficult to do more than what is expected of you? At work? With your family? For others?

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14 Comments

  1. Jessica Brodie
    June 11, 2019 / 3:48 am

    Outrageous kindness is my favorite extra-mile thing. Great post, Ava!

  2. Ava
    Author
    June 11, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    Thanks Jessica!

  3. June 12, 2019 / 1:54 am

    Love Zig’s quote, and your thoughts on going the extra mile being what it takes to impact the lives of others.

  4. Ava
    Author
    June 12, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    His quotes are so relevant. Thanks Karen!

  5. June 13, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    I love all of your quotes! I love the theme of your message. I find that I am move giving when my heart is dependent on God’s pleasure rather than my own pleasure and the approval of man. Holding the things of this world loosely allows me to grasp the Lord more tightly; likewise, when I hold tight to Jesus, I care less about the things of this world; and in light of that, its easier to see the needs of others and simply give rather than hoard. God is our provider and He provides for us so we can increase our giving. Wonderful post, Ava!

  6. David Winters
    June 13, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    Great motivational article. Thanks.

  7. Candice Brown
    June 14, 2019 / 1:17 am

    The extra mile is hardest for those who have hurt us, but also more effective. I hope and pray that the extra mile continues to impact my atheist father who was mostly absent during my childhood.

  8. June 15, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    Love this. It truly challenges me to do better and go above and beyond. I have not done that lately!

  9. Ava
    Author
    June 15, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    Thanks Brittany!

  10. Ava
    Author
    June 15, 2019 / 9:46 pm

    Praying for and with you Candice!

  11. Ava
    Author
    June 15, 2019 / 9:46 pm

    Thanks Ava!

  12. Ava
    Author
    June 15, 2019 / 9:47 pm

    Thanks David!

  13. Ava
    Author
    June 15, 2019 / 9:48 pm

    So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your thoughts Marcie!

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