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Use Opportunities To Get Better

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

– John 15:8

One of the most exciting things about our jobs is that they offer great opportunities for training in a variety of things such as people skills, development skills, and discipleship. This applies to everything you do in your life, whether it is your family, career, business, or ministry. Don’t waste a great opportunity by just doing the minimum amount of work to get by. Here are some of the most important questions you can ask in any job: What can I become, learn, and who can I meet in this assignment?

When I was a college student, I worked at Barnes & Noble. Leaving that job to return to California for the summer, my manager said, “Bobby, I’m glad you’re quitting because you almost got fired four times.” I couldn’t believe it; I had been a faithful employee! She said, “Because you sang and whistled for hours in the café, it drove the general manager crazy!” Because the store was slow in the winter, I sang while cleaning the cafe. Looking back, I realized that my degree in business would have allowed me to easily ask for experience in accounting, payroll, or workflows, but I didn’t.

Friend, as we gain career and life experience, we use it to improve. It is important to remember that all plants that bear fruit grow down before they grow up. Growing down in the invisible places leads to growing up in the visible places. According to psychiatrist Carl Yung, “No tree can grow to Heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” To reach the glory of the kind of life you want, you must do the hard stuff, the suffering that no one sees. Focus on what you want to accomplish, and your life will bear fruit.

Prayer


Father, help me learn and grow by embracing opportunities.

Reflection


Is interfacing with your job, family, or business something you see as a way to grow?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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