我對自己的工作充滿熱情。但是，如果你是用賺多少錢來衡量自己多成功，你就錯了! 神對我們賺多少錢、有多少財富不感興趣。祂比較關心你是否順服祂、你的工作是否能幫助其他人?十年之後，我終於搞清楚為什麼神呼召我到人壽保險的專業裡。雅各書1章27節的經文大大影響我二十多年的歲月:「 在上帝我們的父面前，那清潔沒有玷污的虔誠，就是看顧在患難中的孤兒寡婦，並且保守自己不沾染世俗。」對我來說，這節經文最重要的是第二部分:我們不能讓這個世界污染的我們的心思意念和行為，我們要專注在清潔的心以及討神喜悅的事上。
2015年，版權所有 Jim Langley自1983就是紐約人壽的特約保險員，自1987起也是活躍於美國聖塔巴巴拉市CBMC的會員。
你會如何回答「你的熱情在哪裡？」這個問題。 對你來說，在生活中的各個領域裡哪些活動會主導你的生活？有時甚至會使你上癮？ 在一個充滿競爭、嚴格要求和缺少饒恕的職場上是否有實際的實行方法，能做到作者所希望的:專注在清潔的心和討神喜悅的事上呢？ 你覺得自己生活的哪個部分已經走樣了，需要重新再檢視？如果有，你覺得你會採取什麼樣的步驟去做必要的改變呢？如果你手上有聖經並想要知道更多關於這個主題的經文，請參考：傳道書 3章9-14節； 馬太福音 6章24-27節； 約翰福音17章13-22節
WHERE DO YOU PLACE YOUR PASSION?
By Jim Langley
We often hear people in the workplace talking about “passion” these days, and passion comes in many packages. So let me ask you a question: "Where do you place your passion?" We are all passionate about certain areas of our lives and certain people around us. Much of our life is filled with what we could call common drudgery – merely living out an existence or “just getting by.”
That is the way much of the world portrays life, why advertising counsels us that hope for fulfillment and release should be found in the things we can purchase. Many commercials say, "Your life can be much more meaningful and exciting!" I question the truth and motive of such statements. The media are filled with misleading promises about products and lifestyles that appear to lead to self-gratification and happiness. We would be wise to not become passionate about their promises or buy into the lifestyles they cunningly endorse.
As I am, you may feel very passionate about your work. However, if you find yourself measuring your success in how much you earn financially, your focus is misplaced. God is not the least bit impressed by how much we earn or how much we accumulate. He is much more concerned about our obedience to Him and how our work might benefit others. After 10 years, I finally figured out why God called me into the life insurance profession. Some special words in James 1:27 have impacted me over these past two decades: "Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." The second part of that verse is what I consider most important – we cannot allow the world to pollute our thoughts and actions. We must stay focused on what is pure and pleasing to God, our heavenly Father.
Obviously, we need to remain faithful to our spouse and our children. My relationships with my wife and daughter are the most important on this earth. I place their well-being before my own. Being there for my family comes before my work commitments these days, but admittedly that was not always the case.
Spending four days flat on my back in a hospital bed in 1992 helped me put my priorities in order. Before that case of double pneumonia, I was a typical "Type A" workaholic. The tendency is still there, so these days I must continually watch for signs of slipping back into my old ways. We need to remain passionate about our family relationships. Balance demands accountability and continual self-assessment.
We all need some diversions in life, but should not let such activities become our passion. Sporting activities like golf, tennis, surfing, skiing, bicycling, motorsports and others can all become consuming. Even spending hour after hour in front of the TV or computer can become addictive, dominating our waking hours. Some people find it necessary to totally abstain from a given activity lest it become their downfall. That might not be the case with you, but we must exert caution not to fall under its control.
Jesus Christ had a passion that took Him to the cross on Calvary. I suggest we need to focus on Him and become more passionate about His love for us, which is described in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us…." From this day forward, it would be wise to place your passion where it belongs – on our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
© 2015, all rights reserved. Jim Langley has been an agent and chartered life underwriter (CLU) with New York Life since 1983 and an active member of CBMC of Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A. since 1987.
How would you answer the opening question: Where do you place your passion? What is the difference, in your view, between an activity or an area of your life about which you feel passionate and one that has become a dominant, even addictive factor in your everyday life? Mr. Langley suggests we should “stay focused on what is pure and pleasing to God, our heavenly Father.” How should we do that? Is it even practical in today”s highly competitive, demanding, often unforgiving marketplace? Why or why not? Do you think any areas of your life might require re-examination, where your priorities are not where they should be? If so, what steps might you take to start making necessary changes?NOTE: If you would like to look at or discuss other portions of the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following brief sampling of passages: Ecclesiastes 3:9-14; Matthew 6:24-27; John 17:13-22