Today I’m posting for the Five Minute Friday linkup. Visit or join the linkup here. FMF is a writing community gathering every Friday for a 5-minute free-write to a one-word writing prompt. Today’s prompt is DISAGREE.
Five minutes starts now –
I’m afraid I have to disagree with people that say you can have it all. My question is, do you really want it all?
Here’s my experience after spending years climbing the corporate ladder. I thought I did have it all. You know what I mean, family, career status, happiness all based on hard work and achievement. But, unfortunately, I found out the hard way my ladder was leaning in the wrong direction. I should have been leaning into the Kingdom instead of the company.
When we leave the company, well, we’re just gone. You see, the company is interested in itself. Preserving, promoting, and growing its presence. That doesn’t make it evil. That’s what it is supposed to do. Someone else will do what we did there. They may even disagree and come up with something better. Eventually, they will forget us. That doesn’t mean we didn’t do good work. It simply means that careers don’t last forever. But guess what, the Kingdom does.
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. –Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT)
Jesus does not disappoint. On the other hand, people and organizations may. Jesus is interested in you. The eternal you. He wants you to succeed in the plans He has for you. He wants you to know how loved and cherished you are. It is YOU He loves. Did you notice all the YOUs?
You are a child of the King! He is the one thing we need. Lean into that truth today. (Click here to read more about our identity in Christ.)
It’s good to work hard and give your boss a good return on your salary. But I caution you not to make your position, pay, or career path the primary focus in life. So, do a heart check every once in a while. Where is your focus? Ask yourself if it is on temporary or eternal things?
Kingdom thinking differs from worldly thinking. Discover the difference by seeking God’s will. He will never fail you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:18, Hebrews 13:5)
Stop – That’s my five-minute timer buzzzzzing, but I have a little more to say.
Overtime – Next steps on a clearer path
Friends, we don’t get anywhere meaningful without Jesus. Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?
Here’s your invitation to the Kingdom. It’s a simple prayer you can use if you have trouble finding the words.
Lord Jesus, for too long, I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith, I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer, be assured that you will never walk alone again. Welcome to the family. Connect with other believers, get into God’s word daily, and spend time with Jesus in prayer and thankful anticipation of what He will do in your life.
God saved you by his grace when you believed.
And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
–Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)
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