Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life. --John 6:27
We sometimes have our sights set on the wrong things. We mistake the good for the best. We put effort into something that feels important, but which may actually end up disappointing us. Our jobs can sometimes be like that. How many of us have given countless hours and energy to labor that brings income, status, or prestige, but which does not come from our deepest inner core? We can forfeit entire months and years of our life only to find that we lose our job (or our family), or find our status and identity compromised by the very thing that had promised such reward. It’s disheartening to realize we were focused on the wrong thing.
Imagine, instead, taking the risk to find the beating pattern of passion that the hand of heaven placed within us at the moment of our creation, and letting our work be an embodiment of that passion. It might be that the money for such work is less than what we long for, but our soul would have pockets of air in which to breathe. It might be that status and prestige would be as distant as a twinkling star on the darkest night, but our soul would shine brighter than that far-off star. And, in the living out of our soul’s work, we would know that eternity stands as close to us as our own breath.
O God, keep me from delusions of grandeur, and open my inner eye to the passion you’ve placed within.
These meditations written by Renee Miller first appeared at www.explorefaith.org
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