Monthly Archives: July 2015

What You Do Matters

Do you feel like what you do matters?  Whether you’re in the corner office or in a cubicle, management or menial labour, at home with the kids or out in the field, all of us long to know that our lives are making a difference in the world.  But from my observation many at least occasionally wonder, if not outright despair that they’re doing anything of any real value.

If you’re one who ever feels that way I have some encouragement for you.  1 Corinthians 15:58 says your labour in the Lord is not in vain.  Notice it does not say your work for the Lord, but your work in the Lord is not in vain.  What does that mean?  To understand what it means to labour in the Lord we first need to understand what it means to be in the Lord or in Christ Jesus?

John Stott puts it this way; “To be “in Christ” does not mean to be inside Christ, as tools are in a box or our clothes in a closet, but to be organically united to Christ, as a limb is in the body or a branch is in the tree. It is this personal relationship with Christ that is the distinctive mark of his authentic followers.”  The term Christian is only found 3 times in the Bible.  The most common description of a follower of Jesus is the term “in Christ” or “in the Lord”.  (164 times just in Paul’s letters.)

This doesn’t mean that because I am “in Christ” automatically all my labour is “in the Lord” and therefore purposeful.  In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul, writing to those who were Jesus followers, describes their lives as building either with gold silver and costly stones, or with wood hay and stubble.

The implication being that anything I do that is motivated by and done in dependence upon my union with Christ is of value.  Even more he says that those things will last into Heaven.  Conversely the things done from self- motivation and strength are without real value and will disappear – even the seemingly really good deeds.

So here’s my encouragement to you.  Today, whether you’re cleaning up after your kids, or sweeping the floors in the shop, driving a truck or sitting at a desk, feeding people or feeding cows, whether you’re by yourself or on a team; whatever you are doing, if you are doing it in the Lord it will literally last and bring glory to God for ever!

What you do matters!


Your Most Important Achievement

I used to say that I could still keep up with the young guys but it just took me longer to recover.  These days it just takes me longer to recover.  There’s and old saying that goes “Those who can do, those who can’t coach.”  For those of you who don’t know I help coach bantam football and for me and at least one other of our coaching staff that rings all too true, but there is some good news for guys like us.

I’ve come to realize that my most significant achievement in life is not what I personally accomplish but what I equip and empower others to do.

The easy proof of this concept is in coaching.  I could, at least early in the season, go put on the pads and accomplish more in the game than most of the players.  (Remember, I’m coaching grade 8’s and 9’s, believe me this isn’t bragging.)  But I wouldn’t have achieved anything of significance.  But if instead I teach and train and discipline the kids and they go out and are successful, that’s meaningful.  To say nothing of the deeper life lessons and character that has been built along the way.

Parenting too is a good example.  My most important role in life is preparing and equipping my boys to be godly, courageous men of character and integrity in facing whatever challenges and adversity life brings.

It may sound like it’s stating the obvious, but this equipping and empowering can only happen when I enter into a relationship with someone.  Whether it’s my children, my players, or anyone else I have to make myself available, accessible, and vulnerable to effectively build into others.  I need to sacrifice my own personal interests in order to be able to give to others.

This is a pattern that God established and initiated, and it’s expressed best to us in Christ.  I’ve quoted this before, but it bears repeating: He lived his life for the well-being of others at any cost to himself, including death.

That relationship with God continues as, through his Spirit, he equips and empowers those who have submitted to him as King of their lives to take on whatever adversities come into their lives.  And he gives to them that same ministry of introducing others to the greatest “coach.”

What are you primarily living for?  Is it to achieve great things for yourself?  You’ll find far greater fulfillment and satisfaction through living your life for the well-being of others at any cost to yourself.