What Should Your Workday Create?
Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell was red-hot in the 60’s and 70’s. It seemed that his guitar and country sway were everywhere. There was no escaping Rhinestone Cowboy or Wichita Lineman for a very long time. In his career, Campbell produced 70 albums and sold 45 million records. He had 27 top-ten hits. Earlier this week, he announced that his working career is coming to a close. He has Alzheimer’s disease.
He is working on a final album, Ghost on the Canvas, the centerpiece of the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour this fall. He has a team of people helping him to pull it off before his condition worsens.
What do you want to do vocationally before you finish the course? It is hard for any of us to wrap our brains around it but there is a finish line for each of us. We often go about our work days as if we really don’t want to be at work. Most of us are guilty of complaining that our work is too hard or that we don’t make enough money. At times you may have even said that you wish you could go home and never go back to work. But what if you were waving goodbye to it all…soon…later this year? What if you had to go home and couldn’t come back…ever?
Additionally, we sometimes assume the posture that “I will be here forever.” It is easy to get duped into this faux reality. But Campbell is not the only one who is running out of time. No need to panic. But maybe there is a reason to pause and think this all over again this morning.
So, for the second time…what do you want to do before the sands of your career-glass run out? Consider the brevity of your open window of opportunity then do what you are going to do…today! Be reminded of verses like, “Today is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2), “This is the day the Lord has made…” (Phil 4:4) or “We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day, for night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). Paul said, “I have finished my course…” What do you need to do before you finish?
Interpret this in a positive, opportunistic light. Use your workday today for God’s glory! Squeeze every drop out of it and do everything you can to serve His purposes. See it as another opportunity to do something significant for the Lord at work. Not everything in your workplace is perfect. It never will be. But seize the day anyway and make it count while you can. Later in life, you would give anything to get this day back. You have it now! Use it wisely. The finish line is sneaking up on all of us.
“I have finished my course…” II Tim. 4:7b