I want to do what you do, so what advice do you have for me?
Recently, I witnessed a younger Airman asking a retired Chief Master Sergeant about how to become a Special Operations Airmen within the Air Force. For those unfamiliar with the special operations community, it’s not easy. Nor should it be. These Airmen are the elite of the Air Force and as a result, they are very selective on candidates.
The Chief said, “Train hard. Be physically, mentally, and spiritually ready. Love what you do right now.”
The Airmen responded, “Well, I currently work on computers, so I’m behind a desk all day. I hate it. I want to be doing something I’m passionate about.”
The Chief asked, “Are you good at computers?”
“I’m alright; I just want to be in a job that I’m passionate about,” said the Airman.
The Chief then responded with a mic drop, “If you are only an ‘alright’ computer guy, you’ll just be an ‘alright’ special operations guy…and we need excellence; not just alright.”
Whoa. Dreams dashed. Balloons popped. Hopes crushed. And yet, I was incredibly proud of the honesty this Chief provided this Airman. Truth talk sometimes is brutal. In my experience, truth talk is lacking in most people’s life.
As followers of Christ, we are not called to mediocrity. Rather, we are called to greatness. God does not expect us to be an expert in every aspect of our lives. However, He expects we will work diligently to be the best we can be.
“Whatever you do, do your works heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…” ~Colossians 3:23
While you aren’t expected to be an expert in a particular field, you should be your best to bring glory to God. If you are attempting to be your best, you will be one of the best. Even if you aren’t the best amongst your peers, you will then be your best for your God. It does not glorify God when we settle for less than our best.
Let’s look at why mediocrity dishonors God, rather than glorying Him. As followers of Christ, everything we do reflects upon who our God is. We are the ambassadors for the Kingdom. Thus mediocrity does not encourage non-believers to know Christ.
We may not like our job. We may actually hate our jobs. It might be a career or it might be an entry-level job. Either way, dislike of the job is unacceptable when you consider that the associated emotions reflect mediocrity.
First, let’s offer gratitude to God for having a job. There are plenty of Americans struggling to get or retain a job. If we settle for mediocre work and continuously complain about our job, we are not glorifying God. We are insulting Him. And we are insulting those who would gladly take any job.
Second, consider giving God the glory of the job outcome, rather than focusing on the dislike of the job taskers. You may not feel like it’s a glorifying job, but it’s truly not about you. It is about Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:16 states “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.”
The bottom line is this…it doesn’t matter if you are or you want to be a special operations Airmen, a computer specialist, a writer, a stay at home mom, an event planner, or a cashier…if you are attempting to be your best, then you will be your best.
And as your best, you bring glory to God.