Gory to Glory

Gory to glory. What does that mean? Why do we have to talk about gory stuff? Can’t we just talk about the glorious stuff?

Sure we could, but we would be missing everything that we could potentially learn from the gory. I know it’s not pretty and no one wants to talk about it, but the gory stuff must be talked about.

When you try to relate to something, you think about how it pertains to your life. I was listening to a message this morning from North Point Church in Georgia, and the pastor was talking about when the brothers James and John asked to sit next to Jesus in heaven.

Essentially Jesus replied, “Are you willing to go through the gory to get to the glory?” Are you willing to sacrifice every second of everyday and say I’m here to serve others? They are not here to serve me! Yes, you gave up your jobs, and moved away from your families but what you are asking is greater than you can imagine.

Now this is just one example of what it means to go through the gory to get to the glory. Let’s bring this to today’s world, though. A good portion of the Millennial generation are finishing school and joining the work force full time, some with higher paying jobs. By 2020, this generation will make up 35% of the work force according to www.manpowergroup.com.

Personally, that is a very scary thought, especially being that I am a millennial, and some people in this age group are selfish, egotistical, entitled, and don’t know what true hard work entails. Entitlement is a dangerous thing. It causes people to demand things that they should not feasibly obtain.

For instance, thinking “Well, my sister got a car and was able to drive at 16, so why can’t I?” However, it takes responsibility, a job and maturity to have one.

This is where the entitled child throws a fit until they get what they want, and that is how some of the Millennial generation where raised. Ask any athlete, musical artist or CEO if it was easy to get where they are at in life? 99% of them will say it was never easy and perseverance got them through the gory.

The athlete will say he was up two hours before any of his peers in high school, working out and practicing his game. The musical artist will tell you she has had more doors slammed in her face then a door-to-door salesman. The CEO will tell you he studied like crazy in school, took multiple lateral movements within the company to become more diverse, and it still took him a few more years to get the job.

All of these examples have a few things in common: it takes time, perseverance, and the ability to get up and do the things no one else wants to do. Anything rewarded quickly will not be valued, treated right or worth it in the end. Who do you think will treat their vehicle better: the 16 year old that gets a Range Rover from her dad at 16, or the 16 year old that has been babysitting and doing any jobs she could to save money and buy an old beat up truck.

The one who bought the truck values it, worked for it and spent her own time and effort to get it. She didn’t just wake up at 16 expecting it but woke up at 12 years old and said, “I want to drive as soon as I get my license, so I’m going to start working for it now.”

Gory to glory. It is a reality we have to acknowledge and not be afraid of the gory. It is looking at yourself and saying, “Am I willing to give up what everyone does to do the things that no one does?” Can I get up 2 hours before my peers and start working? Will you still keep knocking when the 1000th door is shut in your face? Can you still tie that tie knowing you didn’t get that promotion? Are you willing to go through the gory to get to the glory?

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