When you title a blog "Better Things Ahead" you are setting a high standard. It indicates that the future will be better than the past. Or, it could be seen as a blanket excuse against any poorly written entry. After all, if the promise is that there will be better things ahead, the reader can always assume that time will only improve the blog's quality. Its kind of like an inverted warning side; instead of instructing you that there are sharp curves ahead, this blog's title indicates that if this entry causes you nausea, don't fear, there will be smooth sailing eventually.
In truth, though, the title of this blog has no relation to the quality of the writing (my apologies to those of you who were already hoping that future entries would demonstrate a marked improvement.) This blog is about work and about life, and anymore those two are the same thing. As business students will tell you, you always are supposed to know your end-goals before launching a plan, In the final analysis, its the end that matters; the degree to which you achieved your original intentions, that determine whether your plan, and your life, was a success.
And so, this blog is written as a reminder that we should look towards the end. At the time, we recognize that what happens along the way is how we determine whether we end well. How do we reflect God's glory in a world that loves the darkness of sin? What does it truly mean to be a marketplace Christian and how do conduct our life, and our business, in a manner that honors Christ's love? Is being a Christian and working in a secular organization dymaterically opposed propositions? Why do they have a whole section in the paper called "Business" anyway?