The saying is ubiquitous. “Do what you love doing, and you’ll never work a single day in your life.”
Sounds simple enough, right?
Wrong. There’s both truth and fiction to that saying.
The truth is that for many people around the world this simply isn’t an option. Putting bread on the table is so hard to do, that for many people, and I would almost go so far as to say that the vast majority of folks, have limited means of climbing out of the cycle of poverty that they find their families in. We, as Christians, ought to reach out to our brothers and sisters in the developing world and help them achieve a greater standard of living.
If you narrow the pool and examine the truth to the saying, you realize that even those with the means and ability to do what they truly love and want to do for a living often lack the motivation to carry out their dreams. Why is that? Well, there are many reasons.
For starters, most folks lack a cohesive vision of where they’re going in life. They have difficulty living beyond the next paycheque, much less envisioning where they would ideally like to be 10 years down the road. Short term thinking is not bad per se, but again as Christians, I believe it behooves us to ponder down the road a little, as it were, so that we can be more effective in achieving God’s best, and His mission, for our lives.
No one knows the future. No one except God. But that shouldn’t paralyze us from planning well and being very intentional with how we live our lives in these evil days (Eph. 5:16). In Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32, Scripture teaches that no one knows but the Father in heaven when Jesus will return… but this should greatly motivate us to live every moment for Him and continually weed out sin in our lives, so that we can unashamedly present ourselves to Him when He comes for His bride!