So what do you do when you are not in the mood to do what you are being paid to do? I mean if you look at the weather outside the only thing to do on a day like this, is to curl up under a cosy blanket, a good book in one hand and a mug of steaming, freshly brewed coffee in the other.
However I am currently sitting in my office. I live on the coast but I am convinced this is a rumour because if you look out the window to where the ocean should be, all you see is grim and grey. No ocean!
Staring out to the ocean I have pictures darting through my mind. Pictures of great sea-going vessels being caught out in the storm, waves crashing down on them and crew dashing to and fro to stay in touch with what the ocean is demanding. Commands are being shouted at the top of their lungs as they work together as a team in an attempt to stay afloat and safe. All the while they have to keep an eye on their captain to ensure that the correct task is completed at the precise time required. The survival of this team will be determined by the full co-operation of the team members.
There is a saying that ‘No man is an island’ and it is not more apparent than in this situation. If one member fails, there is an excellent chance of the entire team failing. So why is it that when it comes to life we always tend to think that we can go at it on our own. We think we are invincible, even immortal. We tend to feel that we don’t need anybody or anyone. Ultimately we even kick God out of our lives, because ‘we can do this’!
Every one of us needs a support structure. Whether this support structure consists of one or ten people. We can’t go through life on our own; we were not designed for that.
But before you think I am knocking you for being alone – I am not. There once was a time when I was completely alone in the world, or so I perceived it to be. I told myself that 'no one can be trusted, nobody cares. If you want something done, get up and do it yourself! Don’t allow anyone to get too close to you, you will only be hurt in the process'.
Been there done that and I had to finally burn the t-shirt! So when did I finally burn the t-shirt I hear you ask? When I met God! When I found Jeremiah 29:11 and this scripture informed me that God has only good plans in stall for me. Plans to prosper me and not to harm me!
Yes it was a lengthy process - the one of building trust but with the help of God I got there. It remains a daily process to not fall back in the area of disbelieve and discouragement but we have to keep working at this. We have to be in a team - with God by our side because God will never fail you nor desert you. That is the only guarantee we have in life and it is that God will never leave us! Even better news is that this guarantee does not have an expiry date for as long as we live how God wants us to live!
So to get back to my question at the beginning as to what do you do when you are not in the mood to do what you are being paid to do? You take your laptop and your lunch, move away from your desk and spend the next 60 minutes writing a piece to help others and to remind oneself that LIFE IS GOOD WITH GOD.
That is what you do!