I was watching a movie with my wife over the weekend, and one of the the main characters kept asking himself over and over again �What am I doing here? He was in a job that he had taken in order to advance his career and eventually take hold of where he felt he was called. However, day after day, mundane task after mundane task, he felt insignificant and as if his life had essentially stalled.
I call this feeling - Life in Idle. It is when you feel as if you are in neutral, going nowhere, and everyone else around you seems to be going somewhere - and that somewhere is way past you! Like a car in idle, you make no progress, and you certainly are not moving forward - or so you think! I think we have all been there at some point. In many aspects of our lives we have probably at some point felt that our career, our relationships, or other elements of our life were in idle- going nowhere.
As men, our need to feel as though we are accomplishing something great, adding value to society, and making a difference, is paramount to say the least. This holds true for many of us in our careers. For some of us, we feel as if we are in our true calling. Without a shadow of a doubt, there is no other place that we could imagine ourselves being. We are where we should be. Then there are most of us - We can't possibly fathom how we got to where we are, and can't possibly fathom how we are going to get out of it! We essentially, believe we are not where we were called to be.
If you are the latter, I would like to challenge you to course-correct your mindset and consider another approach. John Calvin once penned the following words. "No task will be so sordid and base, provided you obey your calling in it, that it will not shine and be reckoned very precious in God's sight." Wow! Think about that! I mean, who are we here to please anyhow? The older I get, the more I realize that people are not easily pleased, and if they are - it is temporary! But God - he desires and commands our full attention and effort - in our worship, in our relationships, and in our careers. How we perform in those areas of our lives is a mirrored image of how much we truly love Christ. If we love him, we will obey his commands. And if we obey his commands, even in our place of employment - that pleases HIM!
No matter where we are currently employed, no matter what our current position entails, and no matter who our boss here on earth is - we need to be Faithful in our current calling. I have heard it said, if you are not happy here, you will not be happy with where you want to go. Well, if you are not happy (faithful) in your current calling (where you are), then you will not be happy in your "true calling"(where God may desire for you to be). Here are a few verses to marinate on.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, (Colossians 3:23 ESV)
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Be ever mindful of your calling. You are called of of darkness and into HIS marvelous light. You are called out of this world and into HIS glorious kngdom. You are called to show forth HIS praise, you are called to reveal HIS glory and virtue. You are called to be sons and daughters of the AlMighty!!
If Jesus could find the work of washing someone's dirty feet holy, why should we look upon any work that we do as not worthy of his praise? Jerry