So what’s your idol? For many it’s their car, their house, or some other high-dollar item. Others will say they have let their family, friends, or spouse get in the way of things. But among the top ten answers, numbers one and two go hand and hand: money and your job. To have number one, you have to have number two.
Everyone has seen or heard of the show American Idol, where people from all over America sing their hearts out, hoping to be the next most awesome person in the music world. For many this show has jump-started their career in the music industry and they are now “living the life.” We’ve heard over and over on the news how star after star on the Hollywood walk has fallen because they became so consumed with their fame and fortune that it ended up destroying them.
Just like the stars of Hollywood, we as average people can let the world of work get in the way of things that are really important. Parents have to work long hours to keep up with the Joneses next door or to buy the newest gadget they think their kids need. This creates problems by not having time to spend on a social life, or to have family time, or by booting out your prayer life altogether. Everything begins to take a backseat to your career, success, and money. You have to work long hours to keep doing better and better at your job.
It is not wrong in the least to want to do better in the workplace. But when you become obsessed and you need to do better to impress your boss, or you need to do this project or that project so you can make six figures instead of five . . . that’s a problem.
God said, put no other gods before me—none. Zero. Nada. We can let the slightest things become so important in our lives that God almost becomes a blur in the midst of our success. We can climb the ladder as high as we want to, but without God in it, it means nothing. Even in this tough economy, we have to remember that we are to store up our treasures in Heaven. So if you have six figures here on earth but zero in Heaven, you might need to reevaluate.
A good friend of mine told me that if you put God first and keep Him there, everything else will fall into place. And, my friend, I believe that is true, because I have my trust in my Father who can do anything. He works all things together for good and even though the world may look dark, He is light and darkness has to flee in His presence. Don’t lose faith; keep things in perspective.