working for the fulfillment of others
do we maintain the spirit of service?
says: I came to work this morning and there
was trash on the floor again from where the
custodian emptied my waste basket, but didn’t
bother to pick up what was missed. My credenza
hasn’t been dusted in weeks. What do the
custodians do all night? Does anyone try to do a
good job anymore? It’s so frustrating when
people don’t care.
Ted says: I worked in construction for
many years before I was badly injured. I can’t
do construction work anymore, so I had to take
this job to maintain some sort of income. I
filed a claim with the insurance company and
somewhere in the process a clerk made an error
on our claim, which is now taking months to
straighten out. Does anyone care anymore?
The expert says: Admit it, we all have
criticized other people for doing a poor job.
Whether it’s a waiter, the school
superintendent, a politician, the local road
commission, our boss, or a co-worker. It’s easy
to see the flaws in the work of others. We have
no problem accusing someone of not taking any
pride in their work and just going through the
motions. Have you ever considered the impact
your work has on others.... whether you realize
it or not? How well do you serve the needs of
others in your work? I challenge anyone to show
me a job where some human being isn’t impacted
in some way.
One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s more famous
quotes reads: “If a man is called to be a
streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as
Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed
music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” We may not
all have what we consider a glamorous or
important job and it may often get tedious and
hard. Sometimes the answer is that we’re in the
wrong job for the wrong reason and we need to
make a change, but more often than not it’s
simply a matter of doing our job better. What
can you do to maintain a spirit of service in
your work, and focus on doing it well?
• Ask God every morning to grant you the
strength to do what he is calling you to do
• When a task gets tedious and you want to take
a shortcut, think about the implications, who
might be impacted?
• Throughout the day, turn your trials and
frustrations into prayer
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all