I love my job! Not only am I in San Antonio where the weather is at least 50 degrees warmer than at home, but every year we bring all of our sales team together to reignite our passion and excitement for what we do and the difference we can make. Last night we listened to Kevin Brown talk about being a hero to the people around us. We have a chance every minute of every day to transform a life. We are all lucky enough to get to do that at home, in our career, at the store, getting gas… The catch is that we need to keep our eyes set on the right things.
In my career, I get to help educators find their unique teaching style so that they can teach better, have more fun and see more student success. I get to help students find success through the right level of challenge so that they can build confidence in who they are and what they can do. I help overcome feelings of mediocrity and failure. How could I not love that, right?! To use my passion to ignite other’s passion – what a blessing! But with every sales position, it’s stressful sometimes and by mid-year, I start to doubt my ability or begin to lose hope that I’m not making a difference.
We all tend to do it, see the doom and gloom and not the little hints of light when we look at our efforts. We start off with huge drive and goals with expectations set high. It ends up causing us to see the setbacks, not the gains. Our focus, somehow and somewhere changes from “I’m going to inspire people” – to chasing promotions, more money, our kids being more “perfect“, more everything. We start out our mission with passion, but then it gets hard or we aren’t seeing the results ‘we want‘ our hope starts to fade away. This stuff happens every year, and after last nights speech I was thinking, “how can I keep going when I get tired or feel discouraged?” This morning I wake up to the verse of the day: Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
When we commit our purpose to working for God in what we do, He will bring about our cause at the perfect time. This doesn’t mean we won’t lose a job or have troubles at work, but we can hold onto the promise God makes that “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
We need to not grow weary of doing good, but press on and commit our works to God. When it gets tough, when doubt creeps in, when we are passed up for a promotion, when we lose a job… He is at work, He is in control and He is who we need to focus on when it gets tough – HIM who will bless our efforts in His time and in His way. He is doing a great work in all of us so we need to work for Him, see all the things that are happening every day and go out to make a difference in the lives of everyone we meet.