I had this interesting dream in the earlier hours of this morning. In the dream I was walking down this walkway in a large office building. The walkway resembled an exit ramp from a freeway. The cubicles were large, like buildings you would see when exiting the freeway. Apparently I had just landed a job here. Everyone was welcoming me and encouraging me, “You’ll do great!” they say. As I was walking I began to see these motivational signs.
One sign said something along the lines of, “Let your motivation for professional success be driven by God, and not yourself, your loved ones or earthly wealth.”
Waking up from the dream I felt inspired. I have this entrepreneurial mindset, so I begin thinking of business ideas where the focus would be more on serving God. But then I felt like maybe I needed to stop thinking along these lines for a moment, I’m now feeling like the time is not right for some entrepreneurial endeavor. Then I thought to myself, “but I’m already in my mid 30s, times a wastin.” I know that may sound silly to some, and for good reason. After a little research I came to find that the average and median age of company founders, when they started their current companies, was 40. However, as soon as I said that to myself, “times a wastin”, then another thought instantly crossed my mind, “if it’s for God, my age shouldn’t matter”. Later that morning I considered, maybe it’s my work today that I should be thinking about.
It’s not until I give myself completely over, my full and complete trust, that I may do the best work I can ever do for him, regardless of the job given. If I don’t focus on growing in my faith, and giving over the wheel to him and trusting him so he may direct me on this path he has set, it’s possible that I may get in the way of succeeding to my full potential for his glory.
Often times our motivation for business success or success at work comes from the bills we have to pay, keeping our family supported, and other earthly goals such as saving up for that trip, that car, that piece of furniture, or even financial security. I don’t think it hurts to have goals, as long as our love, trust and faith in him continues to grow and take priority over the rest.
30 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” No other commandment is greater than these.”
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
After the dream, a couple more questions came to mind…
Does my motivation for success derive from earthly things or heavenly things?
Do I have earthly goals or heavenly goals?