The Third Truth
When we are doing God’s work, we are not the judge of our success.
Growing up, many of were taught the popular notion: “follow your heart and you will be rewarded.” Many of us assumed that this would mean that if we pay heed to our deepest impulses, success would come in the form of high praise and monetary recognition. While experience shows us that sometimes paying attention to our callings do bring about material rewards, this is not always the case. In fact, the prophets of Biblical times provide a very different understanding of what it means to be doing God’s work. Those of us who answer the prophetic call may often find ourselves bucking the status quo, rather than being praised by it. We may wonder if the sacrifice is worth it and what it all means. This Third Truth of Aging asks us to walk the radical path of righteousness, regardless of the consequences. Doing what we know we are being called to do is just half the truth, however. The second sometimes even harder half is refraining from judging our results by society’s standards.