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My friend, Barney Cargile (Barney’s Bullets) has a really good insight into living a meaningful life:
“It’s graduation time. Across our land, commencement speeches present platitudes and promises, with a dose of wisdom mixed in as well. In 2013, Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, in addressing the grads of MIT uttered these words concerning happy and successful people: ‘They’re obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball: Their eyes go a little crazy, the leash snaps and they go bounding off, plowing through whatever gets in the way…So it’s not about pushing yourself; it’s about finding your tennis ball, the thing that pulls you.’
So, what’s your ‘tennis ball’? What lights your fire; what gets you out of bed in the morning? You’ll always work harder for a cause you believe in than merely a paycheck. Life’s too short to endure the drudgery of a job you hate. But what if you’re stuck in a job you hate, and opportunity isn’t exactly beating your door down? Try this: Don’t work for your employer; work for Jesus. He’s invited you to partner with him in his work of redeeming a world trapped in darkness. Paul told first century slaves ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men’ (Col.3:23). Even in a job you hate (I think ‘slavery’ would qualify), don’t see yourself as a ‘just a slave’ but as part of God’s ‘larger story’. Seeing your small story as part of God’s larger story, transforms work from drudgery to excitement, because you’re joining God in the most meaningful cause in history.”
I especially like the idea of seeing your small story as part of God’s larger story. Did Rahab the prostitute see herself as contributing to the gene pool of the incarnate God? Did Ruth? I doubt it. They did what God put in front of them to do and then left the results up to him. I think that when the epic of our existence is played out, we will be surprised to find out what meaning some of our seemingly insignificant actions really had.
PRAYER: Jesus, how desperately we need single-minded focus to recall that in the final analysis, we work for no one but You! Help us find meaning in all we do as we learn to do it for Your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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