2018-11-13 - Self-Stoppers
When I first hired on with a District Attorney’s Office, where I lived out my passion for justice as a victim advocate who served mostly minority victims, several friends and a former employer gave me sterling references, which meant the world to me. I later found out that the employer had included that she found me to be a “self-starter.” For those who don’t know, that refers to someone who doesn’t have to be constantly monitored; rather, the self-starter shows initiative, has a strong work ethic, and does not “just what is needed to get by,” but instead goes beyond what is normally expected. I was so honored and humbled. I believe that our work ethic should be the same, whether work full-time or part-time, and whether we work volunteers or for salaries After all, our ultimate “Boss” is God, Himself. As Paul wrote to the Colossians and us in 3:23-24, (NIV):
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
In positive areas, we should always be self-starters, with a strong work ethic and a good attitude. We should be self-starters when it comes to doing good deeds, acts of kindness, following the Spirit's leading and praying before being asked, and the like. But there are some areas in life, in which we Christians should try to be self-stoppers, instead. This could involve bad habits such as using illegal drugs, assuming the worst about someone without giving them a chance and seeking facts, accusing others of things that we ourselves are actually doing, losing our temper or many other sins.
Becoming a self-starter evolves from building good habits, and then eventually, it becomes second nature. Becoming a self-stopper works the same way. Whatever our weaknesses and sins, we need to think about ways to remind ourselves to be intentional about trying to overcome them. Naturally, we should pray to God, asking for his strength and for Him to point them out to us. And sometimes, it helps to confide in an accountability partner, a trustworthy, longtime Christians friend who knows the Bible well.
I encourage you to join me in striving to be self-stoppers, in order to be more and more like Christ.
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