Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
Week beginning: 26th May, 2019 | By Gavin Callaghan | Dundee
Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD."Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESVUK)
Let's face it: law is so often a business all about getting on, getting up the ladder, and so it's all too easy to boast and over-egg the pudding when it comes to describing our abilities and achievements.
Where do you see yourself in five years' time? Partner, or Managing Partner? Silk, or Head of Chambers?
None of these things is wrong, in and of itself, but I wonder whether our aspirations, and the boastfulness that can go with them, betray a desire and focus that is failing to make God and His glory paramount?
We should of course strive for excellence in our work; though our definition of excellence might be different from that of the world. One might be an excellent lawyer, while never 'great' as the world might define it.
As Christian lawyers, our striving for excellence should be based on a desire to please and serve the Lord, rather than simply to achieve worldly success. Indeed, as we make career decisions, do we consider the impact these might have on our families, or on our ability to serve in the local church?
How about we make these verses our priority and let them define our approach to our professional (and personal) lives, and leave the next five years to Him?
1. Praise God for his steadfast love, justice and righteousness!
2. Pray that we would be humble and boast in the Lord alone.