January 31, 2022
The two of you have had several dates, so the relationship’s newness is wearing off. The comfort level is rising, and the questions asked are becoming bolder.
Your date asks, “How successful do you want to be in life?” It’s one of those deep questions that would catch most off guard.
Should you respond with being at the top of the totem pole in your profession? Or maybe making more money than the Joneses, so you don’t have to try to keep up with them any longer.
For you, it’s a question that constantly crosses your mind. You remember that Our Lord’s death was not done for us to outdo one another. Instead, He gave his life to build us into One—His Church – where we help one another by strengthening each other’s bearing of God’s armor.
Yes, we need money to live, but you pay particular attention to nature’s creatures that work together in communion to get the job done. Marcus Aurelius once stated, “Do you not see the little plants, the little birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees working together to put in order their several parts of the universe? Are you unwilling to do the work of a human being?”
You work as a human being is to do God’s work. As Apostle Paul states, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
For this past year, the lessons of the cicadas have come to mind—the power of rising up together. The deafening noise we can make when we join together. The ability to combat the world even after a lengthy quarantine.
So, rise up and work with ME , you say, and let’s come together as One, following nature’s pattern of empowering one another for the common good—continually building and strengthening Christ’s Church as we have been commanded while we are here.
Now using My S-T-O-I-C STORYTELLING method:
(S) How do I explain my purpose in life to an admirer who asks?
(T) “Get busy with life’s purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue.” Marcus Aurelius
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Apostle Paul
(O) I decided to explain my purpose in nature’s terms.
(I) I realized I’m here to work for the good of the Lord and strengthen those bearing His armor.
(C) The character trait I improved was giving myself to empower others.
The Stoicess’ Secret?
To define your success, look to nature to understand Christ’s command.
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