|I just need this question answered: I have included the whole post for background. Question – Does it seem like you devote more of your time attempting to be successful, or more time devoted attempting to just not be unsuccessful? In other words are you trying to win, or just trying not to lose? Read chapters 1 – 7 in the Beckett text. Describe your personal view of success at work? How does that view compare to your peers at work? How has your view of work been altered during this first unit of the course? I work for a small company, so in some ways everyone knows everyone else pretty well. There have been multiple events (though not many lately due to the ongoing pandemic) that have allowed the company employees and their family members to all interact with one another. I am fortunate in the fact that one of my colleagues is also a treasured friend, and he and I have offices adjacent to one another so that we can speak often. He is a fellow believer, and our daily chats are things that range from what we are currently meditating on to discussing something along the very lines of this question. To me success at work means that no matter what has or will happen throughout the day, every thing that I do at work is done according to His will. This by no means should be interpreted as that I am attempting to be perfect, because I already know that is not going to happen, but it does mean that my goal every day is to be His image bearer. Since I was created in His image, I need to act as His image bearer. Somewhere we have had it planted in our minds that in order to follow God we need to not make mistakes and try not to sin. We also need to feel guilty for failing Him, but that is not it at all. David is an example of this. He was a pretty rotten person; in fact there is no evidence that the relationship he had with Bathsheba was even consensual, yet he is still referred to as a man after God’s own heart. That seems hard to reconcile when we truly take David at face value. “Here is the great encouragement we should draw from their lives. For each of us to succeed as Christians in business will take more than a bundle of skills. It will take more than reliable character, diligence in our work, capacity for leadership and organizational abilities, as important as these are. Success ultimately requires a steadfast resolve to faithfully serve and please God.” (Beckett, 2006, p.54). Question – Does it seem like you devote more of your time attempting to be successful, or more time devoted attempting to just not be unsuccessful? In other words are you trying to win, or just trying not to lose? Reference: Beckett, J. D. (2006). Mastering Monday: A guide to integrating faith and work. Downers Grove, IL, IL: IVP Books.