“I know I should do everything like I am doing it unto the Lord” I tell myself daily. But, in actuality, that would probably be a hell-inspired lie if I tried to claim it on more than a semi-annual basis.
Like the Apostle Paul I claim weekly, if not daily, the famous words from Romans 7:15:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
“Why do I do what I don’t want to do”! Or in half of the cases, “Why don’t I do what I know I should do!”
Seriously, I can claim these words and actions/inactions, in about every facet of life, but let’s look at how this can manifest itself in work.
I Want To Glorify God In What I Do
It’s not like I don’t want to do everything to glorify God. I truly do. It is one of my core values. It’s just that if you really think about it, our ability to glorify God in what we do, is just not in our human capacity.
Only He can do that, and then, well, you get caught up in the circular.
Should I try?
or Is that works?
Should I just pray?
Don’t we need to do our part though?
If I try, but then try to look like I am not trying but letting God work through me, does that count?
I don’t think so.
The Circular: Do I Try or Not?
Which immediately leads to my doing, or not doing, something that I wish I did or wish I could stop doing, all because I want to glorify God. In reality, if I try, it may mess it all up because I am not really capable anyway.
If this circular thought process exhausts you, join the club.
It exhausts me to, and then, you guessed it…..I end up not doing the work that I believe is to God’s glory.
Let’s get off the circular for a minute and get to a more tangible concept of our daily work.
Why Don’t We Do What We Know Works?
I love my work. I really feel like I am where God has called me.
So I don’t have the typical excuse of being distracted, apathetic, or actually lazy. I don’t think people would characterize me as lazy.
I study too.
I know my business and I know there is more than one path to creating a business and work that would honor God, if not glorify Him.
Yet do I take this knowledge, focus my plans, and implement the stuff I believe will work?
Well, actually I do.
But, not always.
Which is the point of this post.
I talk to people all day long. It is what I do for work. In these discussions, at least daily, we talk about what would work in their, or my, business and what needs to be done, now and later. Then the next week, many, many times, we talk about it again.
The same thing.
It isn’t just clients. I do it to. I have every intention, in my own business, of following up with clients to remind them of action items or to check on them with something big going on in their world.
Do We Have to Be Consistent?
Then I forget sometimes. Not all of the time. But enough that I am certainly not glorifying God.
But the point is that I really want to follow-up, or consistently write a blog post every other day, or make time to do my billing on schedule. It is a sincere desire and I know that it works.
Yet, I am not consistent. Well I am not consistently consistent!
Full Circle Back to Faith
Which comes full circle back to faith. We know pretty much that our relationship with Jesus is the most important part of our faith walk. I personally know that when I seek and stay connected to Him, all of my world is better.
Not just a little better. Way better!
Then I get pulled in to the world, and focus intensely on the issue of the day, and don’t go to Jesus with it first.
Why? I know everything is better when I do. Way better!
Everything I Better Which Jesus In It!
I know in my work I have a tendency to let it consume me. (Jesus helped me conquer workaholism once in my life, but like any addiction, it waits for a weak moment.) I am not trying to keep my faith out of my work. I know God wants to be part of all of my life.
So why do I start worrying? He tells me not to.
So why do I try to take control? He is the only One truly in control.
So why do I become a full-fledge member of this world? We are only visitors!
It makes absolutely no sense for me to ever slip back into worrying, controlling, worldly habits, yet I do!
And I want to fix it. I want to take control and re-focus on all of the things God wants me to do….which again misses the point entirely.
So I am back to the wonderfully, life-saving, grace of Jesus. I do what I always do when I don’t know what to do…….I just seek Him.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.