The next time someone asks you “What do you do?” try not to tell them about your job. It’s hard. Making and spending money is so central to our way of thinking that we have completely confused value with vocation. Ben Franklin told us “time is money” and we believed him. That lie has left us with what Lewis Lapham describes as “the self-destroying swindle that the exchange rate between the worth of a thing is the price of a thing.” Nonsense. Ask a man on his deathbed how he wants to use his final moments, and he won’t ask to be shown his possessions one last time. If he’s lucky enough to have loved ones in his life, all he will want is their presence because – wait for it – time is worship.
There’s nothing like really knowing God and living each day in His constant company. The riches of His universe are a poor second to His immeasurable love for us, and when we see our lives as an opportunity to love Him, we open ourselves to a storehouse of treasure. In Christ, our relationship with the Father is restored and friend, your day will change the moment you see yourself walking hand in hand with God.
You will never again confuse what you do with who you are.
Teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.