Monday, May 30, 2011
There's been a lot of press lately given to the concept and profession of "life coach." I originally read these articles with disbelief, wondering why on earth someone would pay someone else to tell them what to do. Most of us go to great lengths to AVOID being told what to do!
Then my avaricious bone kicked in. I'll bet I could be a pretty good life coach, I thought to myself.
And recently I've seen a lot of press given to professional organizers, and the desperate ends many people go to -- including paying someone else to tell them what to do -- to organize their lives.
Again, I thought, I can do that.
Thinking about these trends though, I realize that the problems the people in both of those situations are struggling with are:
b. too much stuff
The pressure people feel to "keep up" either for themselves or their children's future is ridiculous. The idea of organizing or life coaching our way around it is a laugh. And the enemy of man is laughing all the more because we buy into his lie about needing to get "OUR SHARE."
Certainly, if you believe that your existence is ONLY in this life, and there is nothing beyond it, the desperation to do everything on your bucket list is great.
But if you know, like I do, that we are just visitors here, then activities, stuff, and achievement lose their grip on us.
Philippians 3:20 tells us "Our citizenship is in heaven" and 4:6 tells us "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, in thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount said, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" (Matthew 5)
So I guess if I become a life coach or an organizer, I'll root it in Scripture. I wonder whether anyone would hire me.