Ed Spencer was a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illiois. He was a well-known athlete of his day, as he was one of the first to win an Olympic gold medal. The campus of Northwestern is bordered on one side by Lake Michigan. One evening, as Ed was studying in the library while outside a storm raged. All of a sudden some classmates came running in shourting, "The Lady Elgin has just been thrown in the rocks and is sinking." Ed ran from the Library out to the lake and saw the situation was critical. Without hesitation, he shed any extra clothes that would hinder him then dove in the rolling, chopping waves. He was able to reach the wreck and fought his way back bringing the first person to safety. He had repeated this heroic effort several more times when those on shore said, "Ed, you've done all you can. You'll surly kill yourself if you try it anymore." Ed's reply was, "I've got to go my best." He plundged again and brought another one to safety, and another and another until he had rescued 17 people. He fell unconscious on shore unable to give any more. All through the night, as he lay in the infirmary, he kept repeating, "Have I done my best, fellows? Fellows, have I done my best?" Indeed Ed had done his best but the experience cost him his health. Years later, inspired by the story, Ensign Edwin Young wrote the song, "Have I Done My Best For Jesus?"
I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus,
Who died upon the cruel tree?
To think of His great sacrifice at Calvary!
I know my Lord expects the best from me.