Thursday, May 24, 2012
Working hard at the wrong things.
All of us have had moments like that, moments when our best efforts prove to be misguided and end up having been done in vain. It’s bad enough when that happens to us at work or in school, but the potential is there for us to waste an entire life’s effort on things that matter not. We can work diligently all our days, only to find out at the end that we were working hard at the wrong things. The late Richard John Neuhaus wrote, “A life is measured by its telos. The question of how a person lived is important, but the how is subordinate to for what a person lived." For Neuhaus, as for us, the for what is actually a for whom. Unless our lives are given over to the purposes of God, our work is done in vain, no matter how well we worked at it. As Jesus said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and yet, lose his soul?”
Maybe we should pause and ask, “What have you been hard at work upon today?” Or better yet, “For whom have you been working?”
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters – Colossians 3:23