Rose Thorns and Cherry Pits
Saturday, October 19, 2019
“The difference between winners and losers is that winners do things losers don’t want to do.” – Dr. Phil McGraw
I am not a Dr. Phil fan, nor have I ever watched a single episode of his TV show. However, he is definitely onto something with today’s quote.
Over the past 37 years, I have had three different jobs. I served for 11 years as the recreation director at a Christian retirement community, 24 years as executive director of The Saints Prison Ministry, and eight years (and counting) as president of Risk Takers for Christ. I realize that adds up to 43 years, but job #1 and job #2 overlapped from 1987 to 1993.
In any case, there were many things about each position that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved planning recreational activities, especially day trips, for the residents at the Wiley Mission in Marlton NJ. And I enjoy even more setting up ministry trips, especially multi-day ones, for the two athletic prison ministries God led me to start.
However, truth be told, there are also elements of all three jobs that I didn’t relish one bit. For instance, I never liked doing staff evaluations, but I did them dozens of times. I also never liked dealing with budgets, maybe because I’m not that good at staying within them. But that doesn’t mean I neglected that aspect of my job. On the contrary, I gave it my best shot and still do.
The moral of the story is that no one enjoys all of their job-related responsibilities. The key to success – in both the business and ministry worlds – is to do them anyway and to do them well. Avoiding the tasks you like the least will eventually catch up with you, so you might as well get them out of the way so you can focus on the areas that you like the best.
Despite what you may have been told, life isn’t a bed of roses or a bowlful of cherries. After all, roses have thorns and cherries have pits.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President