Although doing great work takes less discipline than people think—because the way to do great work is to find something you like somuch that you don't have to force yourself to do it—work you love does usually require discipline. Some people arelucky enough to know what they want to do when they're 12, and justglide along as if they were on railroad tracks. But this seems theexception. More often people who do great things have careers withthe trajectory of a ping-pong ball. They go to school to study A,drop out and get a job doing B, and then become famous for C aftertaking it up on the side.
Another test you can use is: always produce. For example, if youhave a day job you don't take seriously because you plan to be anovelist, are you producing? Are you writing pages of fiction,however bad? As long as you're producing, you'll know you're notmerely using the hazy vision of the grand novel you plan to writeone day as an opiate. The view of it will be obstructed by the alltoo palpably flawed one you're actually writing.
Example: Carl has a severe limp and uses a cane because of his prosthetic leg. He applies for an assembly line job which does not require employees to move around but does require that they stand for long periods of time. The employer asks Carl about his ability to stand and whether he will need reasonable accommodation to perform the job. Carl replies that he will need accommodation. The employer asks Carl for examples of accommodations, and Carl suggests two possibilities: a tall stool so that he can sit down but still reach the conveyor belt, or alternatively, a "sit-stand" chair which will provide support and enable him to do the job.
This is going to be a lesson using stated antithesis or opposites. Sometimes to learn what something is you must learn what it is not! Here in Galatians Paul is writing about people that were being the opposite of what Job was in verse 1. These were Christians that were being inconsistent. Paul was speaking of the Jews living like Gentiles but simultaneously wanting the Gentiles to live like Jews. That represents a conflicting mindset of inconsistencies. What Paul was telling us, is that the Gentiles did not need to get circumcised in their flesh in order to be saved like many of the Jews were trying to teach them. Knowing the truth and being consistent applying the truth is what God was trying to say that Job was doing. That according to God’s definition is what being upright is. We should be able to learn how to apply this to what God says about Job. It clearly meant that Job did not try to live like others while requiring them to live like him. That would actually be a good Bible study to do but I will not spend the time today to do that. Perhaps it will help if I give you the Greek word definition for upright here: