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Someone asked me what are the main issues for a young person in life, to which I responded “love, work and dreams”.
In actual fact, I believe that our pursuits of love, work and dreams should be driven, directed and provided to and from God. While we go along in life in pursuit of love, and working hard to achieve our dreams, we often think only of ourselves.
It’s ironic that the most important things, the things that I feel like I have no control over, I gave to God easier. Like love. I learned to give Him my dreams in the latter half of high school, for His plans for me are better than any of my dreams, even if they involve Firefly Model 3 + cannon, FTLT and Gundams.
And now, just now, I’m learning to give all of my work to Him. I guess it was because I always used to work hard, I wasn’t having much trouble in it, especially with my family and friends behind me. It was common sense in an Asian culture, even if my parents didn’t force me into any career path: study hard, get a good job, get a good life. But only from God can good things come, and only God gives life.
I was working hard for the wrong reasons. So I worked less hard, and Satan trapped me to become lazy. Thus without my hard work, my work deteriorated, my motivation gone. Procrastination took over and I was like >=/ this isn’t good, but couldn’t help it.
At Tehillah camp, we learnt that the gospel changes the motivation, the ethics of our work, and the conception of our work. Christ is my motivation, for we are to work like we are serving Him [Col 3:23-24]. We are therefore, to do our work with our utmost ability, but not worship the work. We are also called to witness (through actions, things we say, etc.) in our work [e.g. 2 Kings 5]. Finally, through the gospel, our view of work changes. It IS something which is of value, will last and be in the ‘New Jerusalem’, and is valued by God Himself.
We are to not only let Him direct where our work is and to work for Him, but also to enjoy it and to do good through it.
I’ve kind of jumped the gun here … I posted this first, because I was prompted and because it’s been a big problem for me, and helped me to see why the gospel, and the grace from God through Christ Jesus is so important. I was supposed to go through the camp studies chronologically, so we could see WHY Christ is our motivation, but oh well. Keep your eyes peeled for gospel + heart + idol post(s), which will explain (yes, I’m jumping back to the beginning)! =P
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