What do you do when your life’s aspirations are gone? Some withdraw to self pity. Others seek to destroy, through drugs and alcohol, the valuable attributes they hold and dearly cherished while in pursuit of great things. But is a great accomplishment or a high status job the treasure we should be seeking? Is not there a nobler reason for living, a more satisfying path to ponder following?

Yes, we all want to attain to our best. But are we looking toward the wrong endeavors to establish our goals in the first place? Material goals are fine. But without a higher, spiritual goal, the fruits of our material goals cannot be put to honorable use.

Say, for example, one receives a masters degree and advances to the next level of management within the company. With this prestigious position comes the responsibility of allocating funds for donations to causes within the community. The prevailing thought may be to give to causes that will in turn glorify the giver, broadcasting the company name or CEO’s name far and wide, perhaps naming a building addition after the benefactor.

Could not one, instead, arrange for multiple smaller donations to struggling, deserving non-profits, without a huge display of the company name. Perhaps a food bank’s supplies need boosting. Or Christians at a local church need funds for transportation to do mission work in a foreign country building a simple church building to accommodate a new group of believers.

In our work, service rather than recognition should be the motivating factor. In our families, encouragement and love should prevail. When these are our guiding forces we don’t need to spend our lives aspiring to greatness; we’ve already attained greatness in the Kingdom of God.

2 comments so far

  1. Bill99 (@Bill99) on

    Good one, Betsy.
    Yes, not for praise of men or women.
    Not according to the world’s standards and values.
    We are great in God’s Kingdom.
    May we walk by God’s Spirit in faith and seek to please Him. That’s what counts.


    • betsyborchardt on

      Thanks for your heartfelt comment. You said it as well as I did.
      Take care.


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