Purposed worKING: Up In Smoke

Rusty Rueff is one of the co-hosts of Faith Driven Entrepreneur’s weekly podcast. This post was originally published on Rusty’s blog, Purposed WorKING.

— by Rusty Rueff

“Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.”

Elon Musk didn’t need to go on Joe Rogan’s video podcast.  He certainly didn’t need to partake of Joe’s offering to establish any street cred. But, he did and now he adds another point of scrutiny to his successes or failures.  I’ve long been the advocate of it not being what we do, but how we go about it doing it is what is the real legacy of our work.  We have been fortunate to live in an age when self-made entrepreneurs have been able to create products and services that will shape our future for ages to come.  The same could be true for those who lived in time of Edison, Graham-Bell and Ford, but what is different today is that we gain access and exposure to them directly through social media and the internet.  We not only experience what, we see how.

God calls us to bigger purpose behind the work we do. Today might not feel like we are running a race, that would be too kind. It might feel like we are stuck on a treadmill that is speeding up on us and with no way off. Today, let me be encouraging that the work we are given to do on this earthly part of our journey matters.  This work is marked by how we go about doing it, which is what sets us apart.  It may feel like one project, a particular job or a relationship with a co-worker or partner, comes and goes, feeling like they are going up in smoke, but the impression and impact of how we go about this work can last and even be indelible.

Reference: Philippians 2:16 (New Living Translation)


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