A Body Of Work

“Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:14

Sixty five years has within it exactly 569,400 hours. If you subtract the number of hours that a person spends growing up and receiving a basic high school education, and then subtract the hours that people normally spend eating, sleeping and engaging in recreation, you will still have 134,000 hours for work between the ages of 18 and 65. That’s a lot of time! Yet, many people reach retirement age, look back over their years, and conclude: “I was only putting in time and drawing a paycheck.”

Take a different approach, starting today. Choose to create a “body of work” with the time that you have! A body of work is more than a career or a pile of achievements, awards, and accomplishments. A “body” of work is just that – physical and human. A body of work is people. 

King David desired to build a great temple for the Lord. The prophet Nathan came to him with God’s word on the idea: “The Lord declares to you that He will make for you a house.” David had in mind mortar and cedar. The lord had in mind family and relationships! (See 2 Samuel 7)

Get to know the people with whom you work. Spend time with them. Value them. Share experiences with them. Be there when they face crises and when they celebrate milestones. Count your colleagues – and also those above and below you on the organizational ladder – among your friends, and threat them as friends. Build relationships that endure through the years, regardless of who is transferred, promoted, or laid off. People are what will matter to you far more than possessions when you reach your retirement years. 

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