For the world offers only pride in our achievements.
God is a God of achievement. When God created this world at the end of every day the Bible tells us He stood back and said, look at what a good job I have done! God admired His work. He enjoyed His accomplishment.
And God created us in His image, so I fully believe He wants us to take a certain amount of pride and pleasure in our work too. It’s biblical.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 says, “It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past.”
We need to enjoy what God has provided through the skills and the knowledge He has given us. It only becomes a problem when we begin to take our eyes off of the source, when we start thinking it was our cleverness, our hard work, and we leave God out of the story. Then our accomplishments become a god to us.
If we put accomplishment at the center of our life, once we reach the goal, we will always find it very, very empty.
Ken Johnson, the Colts chaplain told me once that the worst day of a football players career is the day after winning the Super Bowl. On that day they inevitably think, Is that all there is? Is this what I worked so hard for. Is that what I dreamed of my whole life? Is that what I thought would give me a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment?
Certainly winning feels better than losing, but the accomplishment alone is not worth worshiping. Accomplishment becomes an empty god that leaves us feeling disillusioned and hollow.
When God is at the center of our life, when He is on the throne, when He is the reason why we live, then, and ONLY then, will we find the joy and satisfaction we all seek after.