By Robert J. Tamasy
© 2019. Robert J. TamasyIt 是企業巔峰: 給今日職場從箴言而來永恆的智慧 一書的作者。也與導師之心的作者David A. Stoddard 合著Tufting Legacies。編輯多本著作包括Mike Landry. Bob的書: 透過苦難成長。Mike Landry. Bob的網站為www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com, 他的雙週部落格為: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com
你認識任何覺得自己是「靠自己成功」的人嗎？你自己又如何–你把自己截至目前為止獲得的成功歸因給誰？ 你相信甚至當我們還在母親的肚子裡時，上帝就給予我們每個人特定的天賦、才幹和能力嗎？請解釋、分享你的答案。 當你想到「工藝」一詞時，會聯想到什麼？ 當有人告訴你，你是上帝的一件藝術品、一個傑作，你感覺如何？你感到興奮嗎？自覺渺小嗎？超過你的想像，讓你難以置信？如果我們真的是祂手中的工作，你應該如何回應祂？
3:9 因為我們是與 神同工的；你們是 神所耕種的田地，所建造的房屋。
1:3 願頌讚歸與我們主耶穌基督的父 神！他在基督裏曾賜給我們天上各樣屬靈的福氣：
1:4 就如 神從創立世界以前，在基督裏揀選了我們，使我們在他面前成為聖潔，無有瑕疵；
1:8 這恩典是 神用諸般智慧聰明，充充足足賞給我們的；
3:16 聖經都是 神所默示的（或譯：凡 神所默示的聖經），於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義都是有益的，
3:17 叫屬 神的人得以完全，預備行各樣的善事。
TAKING CARE OF OUR”HANDIWORK”
By Robert J. Tamasy
From time to time we hear of someone described as a “self-made man” or “self-made woman.” The implication is that all they have become and all they have accomplished is the direct result of their own initiative and hard work. Perhaps you regard yourself as one of them.
What is wrong with using that term? After all, many people have come from disadvantaged backgrounds, or overcome various obstacles to achieve their levels of success. They have “beaten the odds” to reach the heights they have attained. Even people who did not confront great adversity often consider themselves “self-made,” given the time and energy they invested in their careers.
When I graduated from high school, although I was regarded as a good student, I doubt that anyone was envisioning me as “most likely to succeed.” But somewhere along the way I learned the value of hard work, discipline and determination. Work weeks that far exceeded the 40-hour standard were my norm; I worked as hard and as long as required to fulfill my responsibilities and succeed.
However, I never regarded my accomplishments the result of being self-made. Although I had learned how to write and edit, and honed my skills through time and experience, I did not start from ground zero. I had loved reading and had an innate proficiency in writing. These abilities and talents were natural, not store-bought, or manufactured by me. I possessed them from the birth. Once I realized what I had and discovered I enjoyed using these gifts, I pursued an education and opportunities for using them.
A truth from the Bible confirmed my conviction that any sense of being “self-made” would have been a great misconception. Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are God”s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This says that we – not what we do – are God”s “workmanship.” Another translation uses the term “handiwork” instead of workmanship, and in some respects gives the passage even more profound meaning.
In a recent meditation, writer Elisa Morgan explained the term handiwork “denotes a work of art or masterpiece.” Have you ever perceived yourself as a “work of art” or “masterpiece,” just as we regard artistic creations on display in some museum? That is how the Bible describes us.
This brings to mind another passage that presents a similar idea. King David of ancient Israel wrote, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother”s womb I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14)
Reading this makes me feel both humbled and amazed. And I believe it should evoke similar feelngs in each of us. Can you imagine the God of the universe, who created the wonders of nature as well as the universe, being so personal that He divinely conceived each one of us as works of art, masterpieces He is proud to display in His “exhibit hall”?
What kind of “handiwork” are you? Perhaps your forte is leadership, or administration. Maybe you excel in sales, or possess entrepreneurial vision. Or have unique artistic abilities or capabilities as a craftsman. You may have invested countless hours, sweat and tears getting to where you are now. But you have been using what God gave you initially. You are his “masterpiece”!
© 2019. Robert J. Tamasy has written Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace; Tufting Legacies; coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring, and edited numerous other books, including Advancing Through Adversity by Mike Landry. Bob”s biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
Who do you know that considers himself or herself “self-made”? What about yourself – to what (or who) do you attribute whatever success you have achieved to this point? Do you believe that, perhaps even in the womb and certainly from birth, God imparts to each of us certain abilities, talents and skills? Why or why not? When you think of the term “handiwork,” what comes to mind? How does it feel to be told that to God, you are a work of art, a masterpiece? Does it excite you? Humble you? Challenge your comprehension, leave you incredulous? If this is true, that we truly are His handiwork, what should be your response?
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Isaiah 43:7; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 1:3-9; 2 Timothy 2:20-21, 3:16-17