To Be or To Do?

I ran into an old friend from many years ago and had a wonderful conversation with him.  He has been a very successful business man and is looking at retirement now.  He said, “I have been so driven all these years, not for the money per se, but just to achieve, to excel at whatever I try to do.  I am looking forward to going from doing to being.  I hope I can make the change.”

   This is a very insightful look into his own heart.  After all is said and done which is most important, who we are or what we have done?  We live in a largely results oriented culture, one in which younger people are increasingly skeptical.  The millennial generation does not seem to be so driven, which makes many employers frustrated now a days.  But I don’t know that they are necessarily moving from “doers” to “be-ers”.  Experience is something that they seem to be quite interested in, but as to the state of their being, I’m not so sure they are any more equipped to answer that than the “doer” generation before.

   What is it exactly “to be”, that is, to focus on being?  Is it just another way of saying content?  Being able to be without striving for things or success or even results?  Is contentment what most folks are seeking?  After all, the “doing” does not seem to yield that feeling or sense of contentment.

   The Bible says that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).  It takes both.  To concentrate merely on being content is not the answer.  Godliness, which is simply being like God, is the companion.  Godliness means to be generous, gracious, merciful and compassionate.  Coupled with contentment it is easy to see why these two qualities are such great gain and are not as elusive as one might first expect.