Using the correct lens

Hi there and I trust you enjoyed Easter

This blog as you may remember is predominantly about my thoughts that are generated from my work life combined with Bible study and prayer. Out of these come my thoughts for the week.

This time I find myself reading an Old Testament book Ecclesiastes and in chapter 6 v 9 I read these seemingly cryptic words

“Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind”. Ecclesiastes 6:9 is Solomon’s version of the cliché, “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” He is essentially saying, “It is better to have little and purposely enjoy it than to dream about much and never attain it.” A problem with dreams is that, all too often, they never become a reality. Thus, a sense of satisfaction and contentment remains unfulfilled. Solomon is not saying it is wrong to have a dream on which to focus on, but that our ambition must be motivated for the glory of God and not the praise of men—including ourselves. If we think material achievements will automatically produce these qualities, we are wrong.

True satisfaction and contentment comes when we do the will of God from the heart for His glory. When that happens, we get to share in real satisfaction.

I find it all too easy to focus on achieving results at work for works sake, or to get recognition or to please my boss, or even to stay out of trouble and think that I will then have satisfaction if I achieve this. I don’t!

When I change my lens and look at work as doing what I do for God then God fills me with peace and a sense of real satisfaction. Plus as challenging times roll down the road as they do all the time I have a real sense of wellbeing and positivity as I know that God is with me and as I remain in His will and do everything for Him, whatever the result he will be pleased and his Spirit will fill me with His delight.

God is not so interested in the result but in why I do what I do.

This is not pie in the sky talk but what I actually experience as a Christian at work.

Food for thought?

Have a great week and where you can do enjoy the clear skies and better weather!

Mark

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