It’s all about the process
They say that what counts is not the destination but the journey. When you have your map and need to get to your location, it’s everything that happens, everything you go through that tells the story. It may not be the arrival but rather how you got there. Of course you need to make sure your target and focus is the destination since that is ultimately what your vision is. However, even for mundane tasks like setting the table, that’s something to enjoy because when the end result comes out, all you would think about (or would’ve though about) is the process.
It’s like watching a scene playing normally up to a certain point and then rewinding back to the beginning of that scene to get an idea of what was supposed to happen. Your mind rewinds to the work you did to achieve the outcome.
Why concentrate on the work?
You may be surprised or not realize this but it’s where everything takes place:
1) Character growth
2) Skill development
3) Ability to work with people
4) Recognition of potential
6) The unveiling of a hidden gift/talent
7) Disclosure of who you are
The last point is the one I would like to center on, emphasize and elaborate on. They say that your attitude at the beginning of a task (or work) will determine the outcome more than anything else. It is where you realize that you are not as patient as you thought you were. You’re not as talented as your impression led you to believe. You see, what matters though is not your inadequacies or incompetence to get the job done, but rather what you learn as a result of that. Looking back at that list above, when you think about it points 1 and 7 go together.
The work is the reward
Is sometimes or often are hard? Yes. Can it be boring, repetitive and feel unproductive? Of course. In the end that is not what matters, it is the mindset enter into the work with, do with the work with and complete the work with. Even if it is the worst job that anyone can ever have, how you perceive it will have tremendous influence on how you perform it and eventually impact the end product. You, in essence, decide what the outcome will be so why not make it the best anyone has seen and open doors of opportunity for yourself. When someone admires the result, they would really be impressed with the effort that was put into creating it. As you very well know, it shows!
In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty.
The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
For while we were yet with you, we gave you this rule andcharge: If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.
Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work.
Now we charge and exhort such persons [as ministers in Him exhorting those] in the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) that they work in quietness and earn their own food and other necessities