The thing that makes for greatness is determination, persisting in the same direction over the long haul. Success is the result of a long, painful, arduous, sometimes sacrificial process. In our world of instant everything these are not popular traits, but they lead to excellence.
You invest more than one-third of your life at work. Punch the clock, turn on the computer, start your engines at 8 a.m., rest a few minutes at noon, but keep your mind and body in gear till the sun has set. Then tomorrow—repeat. Sound familiar?
So how can your relationship with God grow in all this? The easy temptation is to separate your life into two parts: career—public; faith—private.
But considering how much of your life you spend engaged in your career, perhaps that is the ideal place to grow in your relationship with Christ.
Material gain will never satisfy your spiritual hunger. Neither will power, prestige, or success. If you pursue these things you may gain the world for time, but you could be forfeiting blessings in eternity.
Even the Creator of the universe took time for leisure. God made rest a priority and gave us a pattern to follow. How about you, are you taking time to rest?
If your work has become your all-consuming interest, you need to plan some fun into your schedule. Give yourself permission to make leisure a priority in your life.
It’s easy to lose ourselves to fantasy. But God’s divine perspective grounds us in a proper view of the real world. He alone provides meaning and purpose to an otherwise pointless life.
There’s no such thing as a sacred life on Sunday and then the secular job on Monday. Every phase of the Christian life is sacred, or at least it should be.
Are you a diligent type of person? Diligent people are disciplined, keen, alert, motivated, and have a continued stream of ideas and plans.
Somehow we’ve separated our jobs from God’s rules. Is your workplace behaviour determined by what works, or by what’s right?
We think of promotions as a positive thing and they usually are, but promotions can also bring devastation to your integrity. Remember when you’re promoted it came by God’s sovereign grace.
It’s important to have a vision and pursue your dreams. But we have to be prepared for life to take unexpected twists and turns. So in the pursuit of our dreams we must also learn to enjoy what we have in the present.