There is a delicate balance that has to be maintained in life, in order for a man to be deemed successful. It is imperative for this balance to be monitored, regardless of creed, race or gender, for it to be adjusted as the weights of life get added on to it.
Every man needs to have a sense of accomplishment and conquest and therein lies the drive to acquire the latest car, the coolest ride, the most techy gadgets and the hottest babe. This insatiable drive to self-actualize, to succeed, is embedded in the genes of every man however the means to the end can lead down winding paths which end in distorted versions of the original dream. Many set off on the right footing to achieve this dream: good family, Christian upbringing, good education, job that pays the bills and leaves extra…the list could go on. How then is it that a good number end up in a heap of despair, with blurred visions, broken by illicit relationships, often perplexed by mismanaged emotions in the office which lead to different levels of overt and covert conflict, enraged by misplaced animosity against both their leaders and subordinates, or even dependent on some substance? This drive that man has to be the best, to succeed now becomes a heavy cross to bear: how can I get enough cash to buy the latest ride and a Mac Pro; how can I get to the top of the corporate ladder so I don’t have to take ‘rubbish’ from anyone; how will I ever buy a house in town so I can settle down comfortably?
These questions are a burning plague in the mind and almost every action or reaction becomes hinged on them. When asked to make a decision in the office, the person asking determines our response, as opposed to our honest, professional judgement. We dance to the tune of the corporate world, even we who say we are of a higher kingdom. Our call to greatness becomes tainted by our quest for success as defined by this lower kingdom where we now live. It is indeed a cause for concern.
Some may ask: Why speak in such terms as these? What on earth are you talking about? I speak about a man who needs to clear his obscured vision and see clearly the path that has been charted for him by his Maker. I speak about the urgent call for men to rise up from the drudgery of the rat race in Babylon and ascend to the heavenly places where we are seated with Christ. I speak about the weightier matters because we spend so much time on that which will fade away and far too little time on things eternal.
It is time for the Daniels to arise in Babylon and take a stand against unrighteousness in the land. It is time for the Josephs to come out of their prisons of religious observance and use their wisdom and grace in governance across all sectors of the nation. It is time for the Davids to mature on the fields so that the Lord can anoint them for his purpose in leadership among His people. It is time for the Jacobs to free themselves from the Labans by wrestling with the Lord in the place of prayer until they receive divine direction and divine release.
Enough of the pursuit of treasure which lasts but a life time when we should be investing in eternity. It is time for the pursuit of weightier matters!
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to harvest; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up; a time to cry and a time to laugh; a time to grieve and a time to dance; a time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to turn away; a time to search and a time to quit searching; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to mend; a time to be quiet and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. [New Living Translation]