As I have posted about the boys soccer you may get the idea that I am more than a little frustrated with their drive to accomplish something. So I wanted to give them an incentive to play harder, a carrot to give them a taste for winning. I said that if they won their game, I would buy them a Slurpee. I wanted to be careful to make sure they were learning the game, so I did not want to incentivize any particular stat or action, just win.
Cammy, in the heat of the moment, said, “If you score a goal I will buy you a Slurpee every day of the week!” I mumbled, “What if they are playing keeper?”
Andrej played keeper on Saturday, but only for the final quarter. He never touched the ball. In the first half though, he played midfield. He had his most aggressive match yet, and guess what. Cammy is buying him a Slurpee today, and tomorrow, and… well you can figure it out.
This is a great encouragement for me, in my life, as it should be for you. We can change the way we live life, we can become proactive where we have been reactive. It should also encourage Petr. He will have to ride home Slurpee-less every day this week.
I brought up the boy’s soccer before, but I wanted to dig a little deeper. There is something else I see when I watch the boys playing. I see a microcosm of the way most people live their lives. There are some who go out and try to make something happen, but most of them are just waiting for something to happen. They are reactive rather than proactive.
We were talking about life with some people the other day and one of them said something to the effect of, “I really do not make any decisions, my life is dictated to me.” Now if they had been a teenager or an E1 I might not think much of it, but this was a middle aged adult.
You are the captain of the ship of your life. Admiral God has given you some orders. You can either carry them out, or you can complain about the wind blowing this way and the current from that way. A large percentage of the people I meet, from all parts of the world, are of the throw up the hands variety – “What could I do?”
This is not the kind of life I see being advocated in the Bible. Gird up the loins of your mind. Be ready for every good work. Set your minds on things above. If I perish, I perish. …will not allow you… beyond what you are able. Thoroughly equipped for every good work. Walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light. I can do all things…
Is your world driving you, or are you driving your world?
Now that I have been at this new job for a few weeks I am confronted with a couple of questions, questions I like to ask.
What am I doing? That is a simple question and one that I am still working out. I am managing a group of people who monitor Sony’s network and facilitate communication across different parts of the organization. You might wonder, “What exactly does all that mean?” I am still sorting through some of those technical details.
The more important question is, “Why am I doing it?” That is something that has caused me to think a lot more. It is a whole lot different on many levels from being a volunteer missionary in Africa. However it brings up one very big point.
I am not defined by what I do. What I do should be defined by who I am. And who am I? I am a child of the Most High. That remains, no matter what my vocation. I can be a missionary in Africa, or I can be a ditch digger in California (something I actually enjoy in my free time…), either way, I am still God’s adopted son and I am still requested to serve Him. My real job is to work for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
I know this can be used as an excuse to do anything, that is not my point. My point is to ask you, “Why are you doing it?” If you are digging ditches, great. If you are managing a company, great. If you are doing whatever, great. It is never about what you are doing, but why. Do the most with what God gives you. (Matt 25:14-29) It also makes me think of Joseph.
What is the most? Well that is another post that has been in draft form since September of 2008. I hope to get to it soon.