Work Ethics

Monday, Aug. 1                                  

I had a dream.  I was a novice teenager just hired.  I had no idea of what I was supposed to do.  My immediate boss went to a posted piece of paper to give me some help.  It was a bit of a conundrum, but I finally got the idea that I needed to develop some principles to guide me in my work.  I began to think of a few.  Be prompt and available.  Be a learner.  It’s OK to make mistakes—just make sure to learn by them.  Interruptions are inevitable—but keep them to a minimum in both frequency and duration.  It’s OK to ask questions—but only after trying to figure things out yourself.   And remember that the guy who is answering your question is being interrupted from his work, too.  Then I woke up.  Instinctively, I kept thinking of things to add to my list.  Think like an employer.  Why did he hire me?  What were his expectations?  Go over the list of principles periodically until they become habitual.  Add to the list from time to time.  I should be more effective and productive today than I was yesterday.  And then, like a bolt of lightning it occurred to me that I need this system in my spiritual life.  God is my “employer.”  Except that I’m not on a 40 hour schedule.  He bought me.  He owns me.  I’m his servant 24/7.  The reality is that we give less attention to serving God than we do in our earthly occupations.  All these guidelines that ensure continued employment and perhaps advancement are seldom  employed (excuse the pun) when it comes to the Great Commission.  It is a commission.  And it’s great.  But is it “great” to me?  If I’m not rattling your cage, I’m rattling mine!

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