Serve the Lord, not man.
How do you know if you are performing for man or for the Lord?
This one is really tough for me. While no one I work with wants the sucky parts of my job, there are a lot of cool things that go with it. Like having friends in almost everyplace I go. (Most of the Middle East is an exception.)
Humility is my greatest weakness. I used to think that I was the source of my success and others were the source of my failure. I have found that most times if not all, I am the cause of my failure and God is always the fountain of my blessings.
Can I please Him and me? I think so. The closer you get to walking in His path, the more it is pleasing to you. You no longer want to stray. The line becomes blurred between pleasing Him and pleasing you. I think this is normal and healthy to question your humility. But don't confuse humility with poverty. Remember, it is the love of money, not the money or success itself. He has prepared a mansion for all of us. But at that point it won't be a status symbol as we will all have one and we will know who to credit.
Today, spend some time thinking and pondering what is pleasing to the Lord - what is good, true and beautiful? If you are a man or woman of faith, study the character of God - what pleases him? If you are not - we both know that there are principles of goodness found in nature and nature’s God. But we must together find ways to serve a greater good even beyond man himself. We must serve principles greater than man’s interests.
MLK Pledge - #1:
Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus, the revolutionary.
“The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace.” - Mother Teresa, A Simple Path