I was thinking about this line over and over on this looong work week.
You have to do the hard things.
Many times, we see work as hard, stressful, difficult, challenging, demanding, etc.
We see it as time spent away from family and a hindrance to a healthy social life.
Work becomes the center of our universe, what we do becomes who we are.
Family events scheduled around business meetings and work deliverables. Quality time with family done in between work days (and nights).
Work is hard. And it will always get harder.
Such is the incessant reality wherever you go, whatever field you are in.
But – we have to do the hard things.
- We have to work until our bodies are tired.
- We have to work until we get the project done.
- We have to work until we satisfy our client’s needs.
- We have to work until we meet our financial goal.
- We have to work until our kids graduate.
- We have to work until we pay off our housing loan.
- We have to work until we can finally retire comfortably.
- We have to work until we get the business back in shape.
We just have to.
Amidst tired muscles, severe headaches, an acidic tummy and the feeling of getting down with the flu due to lack of sleep and extra hours spent looking at your laptop’s screen… think about what is it that you are working for, what is the reason why you wake up everyday?
In the end, it is never about the work itself, but who you became because of work. What kind of person you turned out to be and what kind of character you developed throughout the years.
God will judge us based on what’s inside – our character, our point of view, how we were able to contribute to make the world a better place for other people, not just ourselves.
He will judge us based on how we were able to help others through our work and how we were made “perfect” by the many challenges we encountered.
He will not ask if you were able to save a million bucks but how you shared your gifts and talents for the greater good, not only of yourself but more so for other people.
It will never be about the title, but the role you played to others.
It will never be about the bank account, but the time spent doing kindness unto others.
It will never be about the KPIs but the KPIs to be met to qualify for His kingdom.
It is in realizing these things that we are propelled… propelled to always, always, do the hard things.