Understanding opens the door to doing the job well. Heart and mind are the key to discipleship. Mind without heart makes for a sleepy Christian. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

Many years ago I worked as a security guard for a company that provided armed security teams to large warehouses. I was young, in good health, physically able, and with a good work record, so the company did its normal background check and quickly hired me. This was an armed account, so I had to carry a sidearm. There was a gun safety course I had to take which I also passed without problems. I was assigned to an account in a part of the city where crime was rampant; burglaries and vandalism were commonplace. I was cautioned to be alert, vigilant and cautious. Since it was the graveyard shift, as they called it, from midnight to 8:00 in the morning, I was warned that above all things alertness was paramount. Falling asleep at the wheel of the guard car was something that was not only dangerous, it was cause for firing. Although I fought sleep often, especially between 3:00 and 5:00 in the morning, I was usually able to stay awake. Unfortunately, there were the two times I didn’t. Nabbed by my supervisor the first time, I got a warning. The second time I got my “last” warning and a stern talking to. His take on me was simple. “You’ve got the skills and ability to do a good job Mark, but it seems you’re just not properly disposed to do it.” It wasn’t long after this that they let me go.

I had all the necessary tools to do my job well as a security guard; yet I failed at it due to one of the most important aspects of doing any job well–commitment. I wasn’t properly disposed to understanding that alertness was key to making sure that the property I was protecting was being properly secured during my watch. I really didn