When you apply for work especially online, there is always that application question required for you to answer so your application could be fully evaluated and considered. Well, in my experience, I have this application question that goes: What would you consider as your biggest achievement and why?
At first, I was reluctant to answer. I tried asking myself several times the same question. “Ano nga ba yung biggest achievement ko? Or do I even have one?” I tried answering “graduated from college with flying colors, landed a stable job, found a suitable partner (husband), etc.” but whenever I say “biggest” achievement, they do not seem to count. For me “biggest” is something more, something extreme, something worth it. And so I just remove any hesitations to answer what was really in my heart, ignoring what will be the employer’s reaction upon reading my answer.
This is what I wrote:
Biggest achievement for me is not measured by means of defining what you are or what you’ve become, what you have or own or even where you’ve been. For me, it goes beyond that. It’s simply living a life full of contentment. This may sound strange or too unspecific but this is what achievement means for me. It’s living a life of finding purpose in God. It’s just that you enjoy what you do and you don’t feel like comparing yourself with what others have achieved because you believe that every individual is unique, wonderfully made and has his/her own purpose. I think this is my biggest achievement–learning to live a life of full dependence in Him. It means simply living life to the fullest, being happily married and trusting Him for whatever wonderful purpose He has in store for me. My biggest achievement is what I am now–what God created me to be. And I believe that it would never be hard for me to love what I do because I do it for the Lord. 🙂
Most of the time we tend to do something because of the reward we would get in the end. We tried to be good in our work so we could get promoted. We study even harder just to get good grades. We even offer help to someone for a payback. Whatever our reasons are, we can’t deny the fact that we work on something for the reward. We get motivated into doing something because of the benefit we would get. If we could not get the benefit ourselves, at least someone we love would. But don’t we ever realized that we tend to settle in rewards that never lasts? Rewards that are only temporary? Maybe it’s time we ponder about it. We are not here on earth for a superficial purpose. We are here for God’s purpose. And when we say God, it’s serious. It’s eternal. It lasts forever. When we live for God, we will not be wasting our time anymore doing something that seemed meaningless. It is because we know that we will soon get our reward for it. And when that reward comes, I believe we could never ask for more. When we do something, let us do it for God. When we want to work hard to be promoted, let us commit our work to the Lord. If we get promoted, let us bring Him back the glory. In everything we do, let us always offer it to God. When we help someone, let us not expect for something in return. Just leave it to God. He will reward you. It may not come in an instant but it will still come. And when it does, we will realize that we have been rewarded for more than we deserve. That is our God. He never fails. He could give us something far greater than the world has to offer. He never ends. He lasts forever.
Now, let me ask you a question: What are you working for? What kind of rewards do you want? Fame, power, money? Or is it simply a reward that lasts forever? 🙂