Climbing the corporate ladder of success is always a treacherous journey. For some, opportunities for progress are scarce, while others may experience promising climbs only to stumble or have the ladder pulled from beneath them. Yet, there are those fortunate enough to take all the right steps and enjoy glorious careers.
For various reasons, the drive to succeed motivates us. However, it can also become the source of lost faith and hope in life. In Ephesians, Paul advises the people to let God be the driving force behind their passion, whether they are in a leadership position or subordinate. Regardless of our roles, we should work as if God is our boss. Just like in other aspects of our lives, we ought to be grateful for the opportunities we have.
Throughout my own career, I have had both fulfilling and unpleasant jobs. Each day, I strived to work for the Lord rather than for men. When I managed to maintain that focus, my workdays became more pleasant. Even during the times when the job seemed unbearable, that focus made it at least bearable.
The responsibilities and tasks associated with work may not always be glorious. Often, they are mundane, tedious, and downright awful. Nevertheless, even in those moments, we can approach our work as if God were our boss and find solace in knowing that we have glorified Him through our dedication and efforts.
If one finds themselves in a leadership position, they should strive to be a servant leader, humbly guiding their staff to reach their best potential. Conversely, if one holds a lesser role, one should always remember the theater’s main axiom: there are no small roles, only small actors.
I recall my daughter being cast as the doorknob in Alice in Wonderland. Although she wasn’t “Alice,” that little girl almost stole the show with her hilarious portrayal of the doorknob. Throughout my life, I have used that image as a reminder to give my best in everything I do, just like being the best doorknob I can be!
God Bless You
Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.
4 Fathers do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your [a]masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; 6 not [b]by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the [c]heart. 7 With good will [d]render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.
9 And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.