Want Promotion? Do World Class Work!
“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:29 ESV
Have you ever felt obscure? Have you ever felt like there was more to your life than paying bills and eating? We all have this deep desire to be noticed for our accomplishments. There is something inside of us that longs for the next place up the mountain that moves us closer to the proverbial mountaintop.
When this desire is unfulfilled we resort to many different methods of explaining things to ourselves. The most prevalent excuse is in regards to gifts. “They have such a gift.”
Anyone that is amazing at something, we dismiss as being completely due to a God-given gift.
This is something I’m incredibly guilty of. I look at Usain Bolt and marvel at the genetics that made the fastest man in the world. What a gift!
Another common excuse is luck. “I’m just not lucky like _____”. Those we don’t like or have jealousy toward we label with the luck sticker. If we can’t understand their success, then it must be luck.
What is missing in all this is the commitment to doing world class work.
I’ve never once seen Bolt train. I’ve never once thought about the unbelievable, relentless commitment it has taken him to distance himself from the whole world and become a multiple gold medal winner. This is the way we think as humans.
We grossly undervalue the hard work others put in on their craft and we always overestimate our own efforts!
Takeaway: Are you putting in the hard work to develop your craft? Have you wanted the attention or promotion without putting in the work required? Have you dismissed the success of others with things like gifts or luck? Remember, nothing good comes easy! God never put anything valuable out in plain sight. Selah
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Proverbs 22:29, English Standard Version (ESV) Do you see a man skillful in his work?He will stand before kings;he will…bible.com