I observe people every day who have failed to buy into what they do, and they view it only as a job or a position. I had a friend, who worked for a large corporation whose pay and benefits were above the norm. For almost 40 years he worked and retired there. He told me one day that he very much disliked his job and it was a burden for him to go there every day. How sad. In my observations of life, I see lots of people in my environment who live with no passion, joy and commitment to their vocations. The results can be disastrous.
I love what I do. I am a teacher and a pastor-preacher. I approach my church friends the same way I approach my students…with passion and commitment. My life style involves people from all walks of life. I love people……at this stage of my life I am more excited about His People, His Grace, His Church, His Plan and His Destiny than I have ever been.
In the online classroom I share with my students that the academics of the course are ever so important, however, rising above that and even more important is their journeys in life. And, my expectations from the pulpit is for life change and transformation as I share God’s truth and life experiences. It’s hard for me to believe that your calling and destiny in life can be anything short of being passionate.
In speaking of the ministry, the heart of a pastor, teacher as well as any leader must be fully engaged in their teaching and preaching………you can’t teach or preach with authority unless you have experienced life……and be willing to transparently share it and invest it into your followers.
The Bible calls this discipleship, as Philippians 4:9 says, What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
A great problem occurs in the church house, class room and in any other vocations of life when we fail to invest in our people, share experiences of life itself, the results are that we produce a bunch of compliant people like robots who say the right things, memorize the facts, but fail to live out or apply the life they are given.
If you are in a job or a position where you just occupy space, you need to revamp your thinking and engage in the positive or change positions.
What are you thinking?