Though God has made all things in this world, we are not to love it in place of God. As stated, 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” In our quests and journeys, we so quickly judge the outcomes of our actions, sometimes instinctively, for what others have defined as a won or loss situation. There are many standards set by this world on where exceeding, average and below average standard indicators align. These standards are set in nearly all life’s experiences and we begin encounter them very early in our lives. This early exposure then leads to an instinctive way results in how we behave during our successes and failures. But, as Christians, we need to remember to first seek the Kingdom of God and in all things He works for the good of all those that love Him.
Recently, upon reflecting at the end of a day, I found myself caught up in basing my overall day on achievements and non-achievements at work. This included helping a team complete 100% of its planned work and another team that got less than 50% completed for their planned work. Thereby, labeling one as a success and other as failure. I let these events consume me to a point of finding a way to have the emotions associated with my successful team override any stress and worry created by the unsuccessful team to feel good about myself. Inevitably, this created a block on viewing each event in what should be a more positive light and ultimately not feeling good about the day. On the other hand, light in all situations can be found when bringing God into view. When detaching from the world’s view on what measured success and failure in this situation, I discovered there was a more important foundation that had occurred. This foundation was the evidence of God’s character being played out, within each team – whether consciously or unconsciously – in the form of patience, kindness and lifting each other. Subsequently, by seeking first the Kingdom of God, we can find success in all our endeavors regardless of the outcome as judged by the world. As Paul wrote to the Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through hallow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Additionally, to transform ourselves instinctively - Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
As Christians, we should reflect our worldly failures and successes through the eyes of Christ. This will allow us to be comforted and instinctively build us up in hope, faith and to experience His grace and mercy. This also seemed evident to the Olympic runner who went on to say “This time here (at the Olympics) he made it clear that my experience in Rio was going to be about more than my race performance as soon as Nikki got up, I knew that was it.”
It is not in how we finish in the world’s view, but how the journey is seen with God’s view.
I grew up in the states of Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. After finishing my Computer Science degree at University California - Irvine, I eventually moved back to Colorado with my wife. Over the past 32 years, I have worked in both the aerospace and commercial industries with my degree getting many opportunities to grow in my professional life. However, there always seemed a gap in the growth of my spiritual life. That gap has began to fill measurably since my attendance and involvement at BUMC for which I praise God to have brought us at a key time of our lives. Outside major interests include playing hockey, but time and the physical ability has been an increasing challenging, planning a yearly 14er climb and trips to Disney - most favorably - Walt Disney World. However, I love spending anytime and anywhere with my wife, family and friends. All the while - inviting Christ with me.