What’s Waiting for You at the Top
From a young age, we are taught to advance within the ranks as quickly as possible. The profession is inconsequential; it’s all the same. Your goal is to make it to the top, and don’t stop laboring until you are there.
Of course, we should always put forth our best effort. Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
But the relentless pursuit of “success” will not guarantee you a happy ending.
Have you counted the cost?
Are you on the “Golden Track” of your profession? Are you following it in obedience to the will of God, or the will of men?
In the podcast titled “Mind Games in a World of Images, Part 3,” Dr. Ravi Zacharias highlights a question asked of a successful author:
“Now that you have reached the pinnacle of success, if there was one thing you know now that you wish you’d known when you were a little boy, what would it be? Without even pausing for a moment, he said, ‘I wish I’d have known then what I know now: that when you reach the top, there’s nothing there.'”
The parable of the rich fool in Luke Chapter 12 concludes with:
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God” (NIV).
We were designed for relationship, with God and our neighbors. Too often we are busy racing our neighbors to the top that we forget to love them as we love ourselves.
Is it any wonder, each one of us familiar with the shape of a pyramid, that the one balancing on the apex finds such difficulty remaining there? They are surrounded by steep drops in every direction, every face covered with up-and-comers striving to knock the king off his hill. The world waits for one wrong step, for the only thing we love more than our heroes is the secret pleasure of watching them fall.
Do you have your priorities in order? How do you best provide for your family, with money or time? There must be a balance.
The top might have the title.
The top might have the fortune.
The top might have the prestige.
The top might provide only a better view of the family you neglected to get there.
Are you worried about your life? How you will eat? How you will clothe your family? So were the people to whom Matthew wrote in his Gospel. He provides them with wisdom we should heed as well:
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (NKJV).
Perhaps more important than what’s waiting for you at the top are the people waiting for you to come back down.
1 Ravi Zacharias, “Mind Games in a World of Images, Part 3 of 4,” Just Thinking broadcast, June 11, 2014, http://www.rzim.org/just-thinking-broadcasts/mind-games-in-a-world-of-images-part-3-of-4/
About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.