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From Robbie on the January 17, 2015 Career Callings Radio Show:
Probably the biggest deception [and external expectation] regarding work in our society today is the belief that a higher income (more money) can bring happiness. Many adults have jobs and are making adequate money, yet they are not fulfilled. But, they are afraid to leave their jobs because the pressure to make money in order to “be a success” and, therefore, earn the accolades of others, freezes them into staying put. Many say without hesitation that they pursued their present careers because those careers offered prestige and high incomes. Now they see the mistake in making decisions based primarily on income. Money does not provide satisfaction. We hear movie stars, athletes, and other high income celebrities say the same thing. In an interview with World Wide Challenge (Campus Crusade for Christ) magazine, Christopher Parkening, one of the preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar, said it well:
“The world tells you that success is having a lot of money, being famous and being independent—doing what you want to do, when you want to do it. For years I pursued success in the music field to the point that I was able to retire to a Montana ranch at age 30. My wife and I were living what most would consider the ideal life. But a year after I got everything I wanted, it meant absolutely nothing. I was empty inside.
“During that period of time I became a Christian, and my priorities changed. When I came across the passage in 1 Corinthians that says, ‘Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God,’ I realized there were only two things I knew how to do. One was fly fish and the other was play the guitar.
“I went back to playing the guitar, but this time with a different purpose. As Bach once said, ‘The aim and final reason of all music is none else but the glory of God.’”
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Robbie Romeiser is a commercial real estate broker, real estate instructor, and author of the daily devotional Today’s Quote From God (www.TodaysQuoteFromGod.com). Desiring to help his own children follow God’s calling in their lives, Robbie founded Career Callings (www.CareerCallings.net) to help people find, prepare for, and pursue the work God has called them to do. To have Robbie speak at your church, business, professional association, or civic club, please email Robbie at email@example.com.