By Dr. Rick Warren
思想 / 討論題目
你認為你目前工作的穩定度有多少？你是否認為自己的工作很有保障，或者你害怕這工作隨時會不保？ 作者說：「即使你被解雇還是繼續工作。」你認為這是什麼意思？你是否曾有機會把這句建議付諸行動？ 為何驕傲會成為一個想保有工作之人的問題？作者所提到負面、冒犯別人的驕傲與因自己把工作做得好且成就好成果而驕傲有何差異？ 你曾否經歷過某人為了升遷而利用──或欺壓──你？你有何感覺？若你想參考有關此主題的其他聖經經文，請查看以下經節：
HOW TO “FLAMEPROOF” YOUR CAREER
By Dr. Rick Warren
“You are about the most flameproof person in this office.” Those words from the boss, indicating that her job was safe, brought understandable relief to the receptionist of a corporation that was engaged in major downsizing. Despite the turmoil some of her coworkers were facing, she took some comfort in feeling “flameproof.”
As the global economy continues the struggle, many companies are still finding it necessary to reduce their workforces so they can retain or regain a competitive position in highly challenging times. In such an uncertain environment, knowing how to “flameproof” your career is a wise job skill!
KEEP YOUR CAREER EVEN IF YOU ARE TERMINATED. You might not be able to flameproof your present job, but you can and should flameproof your career in a long-term sense. We find a good example of this in the Bible”s Old Testament:
In the book of Genesis, we read about Joseph, the faithful man in with the amazing multi-colored dream coat (a gift from his father) who twice was knocked off the corporate ladder. First, he landed in a pit and later in a prison. His brothers on the family board of directors gave the first shove. Later his boss”s wife made false accusations that resulted in Joseph being put behind bars. Not exactly the ideal path to take for corporate advancement.
However, Joseph knew how to flameproof his career and ended up on the top rung of the biggest ladder in Egypt. In fact, he later forgave his brothers for their betrayal with these words: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…” (Genesis 50:20).
KEEP YOUR CHARACTER BY KEEPING PRIDE IN CHECK. Pride inhibits service and stops the flow of God”s grace (His unmerited, undeserved favor) in your direction. “God (and many others) resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Pride has a tendency to distort one”s view of reality that amounts to blindness. Another consequence of pride is that it gives motivation and ammunition for your enemies to seek to bring about your downfall.
KEEP YOUR CHARACTER BY KEEPING YOUR PROMISES. People that are promise keepers end up in the big tent on the holy hill! “He…who keeps his oath even when it hurts” (Psalms 15:1,40). Remember, it is much easier to keep your promises if you make fewer of them – then it is more likely you will be able to hold true to every one that you do make. Character grows fastest when difficult to honor promises are kept with the “little people” in our lives – those individuals that seem “less important” to our goals and desires, yet are just as deserving of our integrity.
KEEP YOUR CHARACTER BY TREATING EVERYBODY LIKE AN ANGEL. “Never…refuse to extend your hospitality…sometimes men have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). You never know who will end up being your boss. There is a saying that we should be careful who we step on as we climb up the corporate ladder – they might pass us on our way back down! Never fret when people that use others get ahead, because they usually end up losing their head. “I once knew a wicked man who was like a tyrant; he towered over everyone…but later I passed by, and he wasn”t there; I looked for him, but couldn”t find him.”
© 2011, Purpose Driven Life. All rights reserved. Adapted from a column by Dr. Rick Warren, author of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed, The Purpose-Drive Life, which has been translated into many languages worldwide. It affirms the importance of a carefully considered, clearly expressed purpose to guide everyday life. It has been named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th Century.
How would you rate the security of your current job – do you regard yourself as “flameproof,” or do you fear that it could go up in flames at any moment? What do you think Dr. Warren means when he says, “Keep your career even if you are terminated”? Have you ever had a opportunity to put this advice into practice? Why can personal pride become an issue in one”s desire to keep a job secure? What is the difference between the kind of negative, offensive pride Dr. Warren refers to and taking pride in doing your work well and achieving good results? Have you ever experienced a person using – or abusing – you as he or she was striving to advance their career? How did that feel? NOTE: If you have a Bible, consider these other passages that relate to this topic: Proverbs 20:28, 22:29, 25:13, 28:20; Colossians 3:17, 23; Matthew 5:37; James 5:12