Robert J. Tamasy
已過世的「超棒」查理．鐘斯（Charlie “Tremendous” Jones）是一位工商人士、作家、以及非常有魅力的激勵型演說家。他如此處理這進退兩難的情況：「別試著去找更好的工作。把你現在的工作做得更好，這樣你就是擁有更好的工作了！」
從1到10的量表，1代表最低分，你會給你目前的工作幾分？你為何會給那個分數？ 坦誠地說，當你工作時，你是否盡所能地去做？請解釋。 查理．鐘斯說，「不必尋找更好的工作，我們應該把工作做得更好－－在那過程中，可能會發現我們已經有一個更好的工作了。」你對他的建議有何回應？ 當你讀到耶穌說：「人在最小的事上忠心，在大事上也忠心」，你會想到什麼？你是否相信無論環境如何，若維持忠心地執行自己的職責，上帝會賞賜我們？為什麼？註：若你有聖經且想要讀更多有關此主題的經文，請參考以下經節：箴言14章23節、22章29節；傳道書3章1-3節；腓立比書3章12-14節；歌羅西書3章15-17節
GETTING A BETTER JOB – OR DOING A BETTER JOB?
By Robert J. Tamasy
When you have a job you enjoy, regardless of where you fit on the organizational chart or the rung you occupy on the corporate ladder, going to work is a pleasure. You arise in the morning eager to return to the workplace, enthused about opportunities and challenges you will be facing
But what if you have a job you do not like? What if your job is 1) boring, 2) not challenging, 3) too stressful, 4) not financially rewarding, or 5) not fulfilling? In that case, awakening and thinking about going to work is not welcomed – it is something you dread. You find yourself drawn to the “greener grass” on the other side of the fence, or staring out the office window imagining what it would be like working somewhere else with a better working environment, greater compensation and benefits, or more appreciation from your superiors.
Sometimes such feelings are an indication the time has come to update your resume, polish your interviewing skills, and begin to explore other opportunities. However, what if the timing is not right? What if the job market is tight and chances of finding a better job are very slim? Have you no choice but to “grin and bear it,” as they say, resigning yourself to workdays filled with misery and frustration?
The late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, a businessman, author and highly engaging motivational speaker, addressed this dilemma when he offered this observation: “Don”t try to get a better job; do a better job. Do a better job and you will have a better job!”
This advice seems to run counter to logic: If we do not like our work, how can we pursue it with passion and excellence? But in reality it makes excellent sense. If we resolve to do our best, our “utmost,” then we might be surprised to discover how much a seemingly bad situation can improve.
I can think of several times during my career when my “season” seemed to be drawing to close where I was working, yet I had no other job options and knew simply quitting my job made no sense. I could have let discontent take over and settle for doing substandard work, but one Bible verse helped to keep me focused. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). As I meditated on that passage, I was reminded that ultimately my “boss” was God, not the person sitting in the CEO”s office.
Here is more advice Bible gives about how to deal with less-than-ideal job situations:
Remain faithful, no matter what. Nearly everyone can excel when job conditions are optimal, but sometimes we are tested by God to see how diligent and reliable we choose to be where we are before He moves us to a new assignment. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).
Do all you can where you are. Sometimes we conjure grandiose visions of what we could do for God if only we were somewhere else. But as someone wisely observed, “If we are not willing to serve God where we are, how can we serve Him where we are not?” Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God”s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, how would you rate your current job? Why do you give it that rating? Being honest, would you say that when you are at work, you are performing your job to the best of your ability? Explain your answer. What is your reaction to Charlie Jones”s suggestion that instead of seeking a better job, we should do a better job – and perhaps in the process we will discover we have a better job? What comes to mind when you read Jesus” statement, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much”? Do you believe God will reward our faithfulness in carrying out work responsibilities, regardless of the circumstances? Why or why not?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 14:23, 22:29; Ecclesiastes 3:1-3; Philippians 3:12-14; Colossians 3:15-17