Here’s an entry for Our Daily Journey that I worked up today. It made me stop and think, so I share it with you in the hopes that you might profit and give me ways to improve it.
read > Ecclesiastes 4:1-8
Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now? (v. 8).
Lou Gehrig may not have died from Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Hall of Fame baseball player is the namesake for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.), a horrific neurological disease that slowly paralyzes its victims until they eventually suffocate. New research indicates that perhaps Gehrig did not have A.L.S., but suffered similar symptoms caused by numerous blows to his brain.
Gehrig was the legendary Iron-Man who played in 2,130 consecutive games. He started one game the day after he was hit by a pitch, with a bump on his head so large that he wore Babe Ruth’s larger cap. We praise Gehrig for his steeled resolve to play through pain, but his commitment to baseball may have led to the disease that killed him. Gehrig was really good at what he did, but what he did may have ruined his life.
Was it worth it? This question nags the young lawyer eating takeout as he proofreads documents deep into the night. His job drains the joy from his life but he owes too much to the bank to do anything else.
Is it worth it? This question haunts the dreams of the traveling businessman. He is making more money than he can responsibly spend, but he is gone more than he is home.
If you have drive and talent, there is a good chance that you are good at what you do. But don’t let the good get in the way of what is best. You owe it to God, yourself, and those who love you to ask the big question: Why are you doing this?
Is your career, business, or obsession with writing a novel keeping you from the people you love most? You may be really good at what you do, but what you do may be ruining your life. Is it worth it?