The last couple of days I have really been thinking about my own personal use of time; at home, work, with my family, free, etc. As I did, thoughts drifted to work. Thus inspiring the following words.
I knew someone famous said the phrase, ‘know thyself’. After a little googling I discovered that Plato, Socrates, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others have used this quote or phrase to express self-evaluation on various levels.
After random reflection this week, I decided to do this into my work life. I am constantly looking for ways to better production, time usage, and eliminate waste. Being a procrastinator in the flesh, sometimes this becomes a battle. Which on occasions are lost, but others end in a victory; only for another to come tomorrow.
Know Thyself. I am placing this thought into my daily work life. Basically it comes to this...If I were the boss, and I knew myself the way I currently am, would I hire, fire, give a raise or reprimand myself and enter a probation time period?
It is not an uncommon thought that ministers only work on Sundays and Wednesdays and for some this is true. Some places of service provide a perfect opportunity to enter and hide from really being proactive and advancing the kingdom. It is our responsibility to be constantly pushing the effort to encourage, support, and lead by example.
Since having children I have learned and realized so much more about the phrase, ‘lead by example.’ Do our church members hear or see us sharing our faith in a location outside of the church building? Do they know that we practice home bible study and prayer with our spouses? Do they know we practice a spiritually disciplined life? Or do we? Do we just talk about these things from places of authority?
Bringing me back to the thought, would I provide employment for myself? Know thyself. In your work place, Would you employ yourself?
I feel that this is for all of us. The schoolteacher, office clerk, person in management; the list goes on. According to this article most are probably guilty. Am I and are you being the best steward with what God has blessed with; job, family, education, and resources?
This reflection should go on and on. Squeezing into various parts of our diverse lives. The US Army said it best, “Be all you can be.” I ask myself, hoping you do the same, ‘Am I being all I can be?’ Know thyself.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.