‘Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ’.
This is a very bold statement from Paul. But I like it. I’m not very much in to worrying about what other people think about my work and how I do in the work place. After all, I’m in the creative industry. Some days I’m brilliant at what I do, other days awful. Really bad. And the saying is “You’re only as good as your last ad”. I have learnt to accept that over the years.
If I do a bad job I think it must be for a reason. It’s not as if I’m trying to come up with a bad idea. And today I have a faith. As much as sometimes I’m tempted to worry about criticism, I know that God is truly the only judge and he knows my heart and my intentions. I do have a tendency not to listen to what other people think which isn’t good, and for that I pray for forgiveness, and for the opportunity to listen the next time someone offers up an opinion.
But the ‘Good is not good enough’ phrase is cynical, demoralizing and poisonous. It doesn’t just exist in the workplace. It poisons the hallways and classrooms of schools, colleges and sports fields. I’ve heard it said on more than one occasion at games I’ve attended.
It’s our job as Christians to take Paul’s words and actively be it in our lives. As servants of God we must be able to encourage people and encourage others to be behave in the same way. Our goal is to please God. He’s pleased if we do the best we can, regardless of what others think, and He’s pleased if we help others to be better at their work with constructive, inspiring and sensible words.
So remember the phrase of the day is ‘God is good enough’!
Heavenly Father, You’re more than good enough. You know our hearts and our minds. You know what we’re going to say even before we say it. Help us to please you by being inspiring and encouraging in our place of work so that others may see you shine through us. Amen!