In the world but not of it

March 27, 2010

I love my job…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded. Proverbs 27:18

It is amazing how many people believe that their company owes them more than what they already receive. I’m not talking about the cases where there are unfulfilled promises but rather the day-to-day attitudes of employees who believe their job is an entitlement rather than a privilege.

I know this is a real issue because I was one of those employees once. I used to think that my employer owed me more, more money, more responsibility, more authority…just more. I’m not sure how I arrived at that conclusion other than pure pride and arrogance in thinking I was special.

We rarely consider that someone actually started the company we work for. Someone had an idea that they were passionate about and took the risk to launch the business. Maybe they raised money to start the business or they started it with what they had in the bank.

Regardless of how it started, it started with a desire to grow and prosper and the person in charge had dreams of hiring the best people, building a solid team and reaping the financial reward in the end.

Then we came along. We convinced them to hire us and when we moved in we started treating the place in the same way some kids treat their parents, they help themselves to everything and have no accountability for anything. Kids are great at asking for more when they have no clue where “more” comes from. Are we really that different as employees?

Do we really treat our employer’s money as if it were our own? This is not about the office supplies we may take over time because even that can be innocent or rather ignorant. This refers more to the way we do our job, talk about our employer and in general take a stand to support both the company and the person who employs us.

Yes, this is convicting for all of us. We are all guilty of not living up to the task but feeling guilty or even admitting it is not enough. If we are in the world and not of it then the way to live in it is to live above reproach. It is to start by seeing our jobs as a privilege. It is remembering that God opened a door for us to be there and that someone trusts us to show up and work.

Until God moves us we still work there…

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