Directions for Life
Daily bible study — day 6
I gained a new understanding today. Walk with God or walk in the ways that promise God’s blessings. These blessings are the personal reward/encouragement/strengthening for myself, but it is also make me a-blessing-for-people-around-me e.g. my family, friends, colleagues and beyond.
This mechanism has been studied by smart people in Harvard Business School and they call them w. different names e.g. leadership influence. It makes sense as when an individual acts for the benefits of the team/community, he/she would gain reward in forms of recognition, promotion, trust and influence power. But the gap between God’s mechanism and these human guidance is at what is the purpose of his/her effort. If it is aimed to gain influence, recognition for myself, this path has a well-known steep pitfall: success in influencing others triggers hunger for more success and power and the pitfalls are also well-known buddies: emptiness, a sense of meaningless (recall the book Ecclesiastes). Why? support/trust from people are uncontrollable and would vanish as soon as there is a new person or a new trend arrive. She will be forgotten very soon (recall same saying somewhere in Psalm).
I assume that this is how the devil twists God’s wisdom (mechanism) to invite people into sophisticated trap of these pitfalls (the same way the Serpent twists Eve into the wisdom of knowing Good and Evil).
On the other hand, Under God’s way, it is for me to aim to gain God’s blessings, not rewards from people. The biproduct of gaining God’s blessings is the being-a-blessing-to-others. Then, I would be able to enjoy support, influence from people, but I know beforehand that these are only fruits-in-season (unstable, will disappear when season shift) and they are not the purpose of my efforts. amen.