It’s easy to work for money. It’s easy to work for prestige. It’s easy to work for power. Those are typical reasons that a lot of people work, right?
You know what doesn’t seem as easy? Working for God.
It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that it’s not, easy. Who wants to be the first in and last out? Who wants to constantly keep their mouth in check? Who wants to serve those they supervise? On a good day, a few people do. On a bad day, no one probably.
But God doesn’t call us to be fair weather employees anymore than He calls us to be fair weather Christians. So what do you do?
You work as unto the LORD, whether it’s easy or hard. You work for God whether you feel like it or not. You work for God no matter what, because in essence, your work for Him is all that matters.
Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Do you ever just want to make sure that you still matter? Do you want to make sure you ever did matter?
Sometimes I just need a reminder that I matter. I need to matter in a relationship. I need to matter on my job. I need to matter in somebody’s life. But as much as I feel that I need to matter I need to ask myself what I’ve done to matter.
I want to matter in a good way. I want to matter in a relationship because I make it better, not because of the pain I cause. I want to matter on my job because I’m good at it. And I want to be shown how much I matter, not just told.
I don’t always think I matter. I’m not sure a person’s day is better because I’m in it, and that bothers me. It bothers me that I’ve not made a lasting impression with every person I’ve met. So here’s what I’m going to do:
1) Rejoice evermore.
2) Pray without ceasing.
3) Give thanks in everything.
Because if I rejoice nonstop for what’s God’s done, and if I pray nonstop to God, and if I thank God for everything, every situation, and every person, I can’t help but leave a lasting impression.
See, when I do what matters to God, I can’t help but matter.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
We want God to bless our decisions. We want Him to bless that job we applied for. We even send up a quick prayer that He’ll bless the job we already decided to take. And when we’ve already decided it’s like we say, “Oh God, did I not tell you about that one?”
“Oh God, bless this relationship I’m in. Do this God. Move here Lord. Open this door. Give me Your favor in this choice. Smile down on me here God.” We pray these types of prayers frequently and we tell God what to do.
Do for me Lord is what we say. I know, because I do it. Do for me first God, oh, and may You be glorified too. It sounds crazy to read doesn’t it? But it’s what we do. I’m always asking for God to do something wonderful with a decision I made independent of Him. And what I’ve just realized is that sometimes I don’t even at least have the courtesy to ask Him. I tell him.
We have a problem to solve here. We want God to pour down blessings upon the decisions that we chose to make, but we didn’t care enough to include Him in those decisions before making them.
I think one of my biggest fears is being in a situation that isn’t all that great, but thinking it is because I’ve been in situations that were so bad. You know? Like you’ve found Prince Charming, but really he isn’t all that great, it’s just that you had been dating frogs for so long that he seems like he is. The same can be true with jobs. You’re in a situation where you make more money and have more benefits, but the hours suck and so does the job.
Bad situations take a toll on our happiness don’t they? They confuse us a little bit, and what people forget is that just because you were in a bad situation and are now out of it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are happy. I should wake up joyful everyday knowing that what does or doesn’t go my way does not happen for just no reason. And I really believe therein lies the trouble. Sometimes I think that I can be happier if I’m in a situation that is happy. While I believe that does help, that’s not all.
Happiness isn’t about standings. Happiness isn’t about jobs or relationships. Happiness has to do with you. And ultimately, it has to do with your relationship with God. I am outside of my mind if I think I can ever truly be happy without God. And that’s all I have to remind myself of.
That guy may not be Prince Charming, that job may not be better, and today might have been miserable, but God is the source of my joy. So that guy doesn’t seem so bad, the job isn’t the worst, and today something good did happen. I’m not saying settle for what you have or what you can get, but I am saying have the most important relationship with God, the best job as a Christian, and be happy you saw today.
Because the truth is, we have just as much right to be happy as we do to be sad. Fight for your right!
Rejection is really hard to handle. It’s hard to get over. It’s hard to realize. It sucks all around. But there is a plus side to rejection, regret.
From my writings everyone should know that I wish no animosity or harm on anyone. But let’s be real, I do believe that it’s hard not to want payback. We live in an imperfect world so it’s not completely unnatural to want a little payback. Admittedly so, it is completely unnecessary.
There is no need to go out of your way, using up your time and energy to repay someone for something wrong they did to you. The only need you have in that situation is to simply move forward. What I’ve realized is that we have to make people regret the reject. If you’re as great as you believe you are, just continue being your great self and they’ll eventually regret the reject.
As badly as I want every job to “pay” for skimming over my resume, I just choose to make them regret it. No matter how badly I want to tell every ex how ridiculous he is for letting me go, he’ll just have to regret it. No matter how unfairly I have felt in a situation, acting out has never made it better. That’s why it’s even more pointless to seek vengeance. What will it solve? I’m sure there has never been a situation when someone said she was ridiculous when we told her no, let’s bring her back and give her what she wants!
People will never regret rejecting you in your ridiculousness. They will however regret rejecting you in your greatness. Being rejected is actually one of the best things that can happen on your road to greatness. When you become great, sometimes the best part is knowing that you were rejected in order to get out of a situation you would have regretted. That, I believe, is the definition of truly taking lemons and making lemonade.