By Dr. Rick Warren
思想 / 討論題目
你以前是否聽過「不在於你如何開始，而在於你如何結束。」？這句話對你有何意義？ 本文作者談到在完成一件漫長且要求很多的工作中所碰到的灰心與疲乏。你曾否有這樣的經驗嗎？那時的情況是如何？你又如何處理？ 本文說情緒不是一個事情如何進展的可靠指標。為何我們的感覺會騙人並誤導人？ 我們被提醒要倚靠上帝和祂的信實，而不要倚靠自己對所遭遇情況的感覺。你覺得這提醒有幫助嗎？為什麼？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED WHEN FEELING FATIGUED
By Dr. Rick Warren
There is a saying often applied to sporting events that also fits for virtually every other endeavor in everyday living, including the workplace: “It is not how you start, but how you finish.”
When a new initiative begins, such as rollout of an innovative product, an imaginative marketing strategy, or implementation of new technology, we typically experience high levels of enthusiasm. Expectations are lofty and hopes soar in anticipation of promising outcomes.
However, such peaks of energy and excitement are rarely sustained. It is not unusual for people to become disillusioned, discouraged and fatigued about halfway into a difficult challenge, no matter how worthwhile it may be to pursue. Emotions start to subside and the reality sets in about the hard work and drudgery required to bring a project to its conclusion.
At such times it helps to keep matters in proper perspective. When I start to feel the fatigue, I look to passages like Proverbs 25. It serves as a good reminder that my feelings are not a reliable measure of how things are going. For instance, Proverbs 25:28 tells us, “Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings.”
Feelings can soar and feelings can spiral, so we cannot trust in emotions if we are to successfully finish what we have started.
Our feelings come from a variety of sources – past, present and future. But in fact feelings often lie; they are not always a reflection of reality. Not only that, but life is complex and we must often live with mixed feelings: “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief” (Proverbs 14:13). Or as someone has said, “Sometimes I laugh to keep from crying.”
People often compare life to a rollercoaster, filled with a combination of hills and valleys, but in actuality, life is more like two rails on a railroad track. One rail represents the good and positive things in your life; the other represents the bad and painful elements of your life.
We need to recognize a simple truth: We will always encounter good and bad at the same time! There will always be something good and something bad happening in your life. We cannot expect everything to be good for one month and then everything to be bad the next month. We will always have a mixture of both, a blending of both bitter and sweet.
Although we cannot segregate the good from bad in our lives, whether at work or at home, we can choose our focus, our attitudes toward events as they occur: “When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow” (Romans 12:15).
That is why trust in God is so critical for withstanding the storms of life – as well as the pleasant surprises. As Proverbs 3:5 instructs us, we are to trust wholeheartedly in God and not to put any faith in our own perceptions. Perceptions can ebb and flow like waves on a beach; but God remains faithful and constant.
© 2011, Purpose Driven Life. All rights reserved. Adapted from a column by Dr. Rick Warren, the author of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed, The Purpose-Drive Life, which has been translated into many languages and sold throughout the world. It affirms the importance of having a carefully considered, clearly expressed purpose to guide everyday life. It has been named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th Century. He also has written The Purpose-Driven Church.
Have you heard the saying, “It is not how you start, but how you finish” before? What does that mean to you? Dr. Warren talks about discouragement and fatigue that often set in midway through a prolonged, demanding project. Have you ever experienced that? What were the circumstances – and how did you deal with it? It is stated that emotions are not a reliable indicator of how things are progressing. Why do you think our feelings can be so deceptive and misleading? Does it help you to be reminded that we are to trust God and His faithfulness, rather than our perceptions or present feelings about circumstances confronting us? Why or why not?NOTE: If you have a Bible, consider these other passages that relate to this topic:
Joshua 1:6-9; Isaiah 26:3, 40:31, 41:10; Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:4-9,13,19