By:Robert J. Tamasy
Robert J. Tamasy是亞特蘭大「領袖遺產」 (一個非營利性機構) 通訊部的副總裁。他是一個有39年經驗的資深記者，也是多本著作的作者，包括Tufting Legacies; Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press);也與David A. Stoddard合著The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress)。欲知更多詳情可上www.leaderslegacy.com網站或是他的部落格 www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com、www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com 、www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com
無疑的，每一個工作都不完美。但是即使環境很糟，還是有一些人是真心愛他們的工作。你是否認識這樣的人？這個人是如何使他的工作的地方充滿期待和熱誠呢？ 你對自己的工作的態度是什麼？你是很積極正面地看待它？或是很負面的看待它呢？是什麼使你這樣認為呢？ 在你的心中，把工作當成自己的事奉是什麼意思呢？當你這樣想的時候，你會不會因此改變你工作的態度和方法呢？ 你可以想出任何一節聖經經節，鼓勵你用積極正面的態度去面對你的工作嗎？請解釋你的答案。備註:如果你手上有聖經，想要知道更多與這個主題相關的經節，請參考下面的經節:
HOW TO HAVE A JOB YOU LOVE
By Robert J. Tamasy
Some of us are fortunate to have jobs we truly enjoy. But according to studies, the vast majority of men and women in the business and professional world dislike, even hate their jobs; at best, they tolerate what they have to do every day to earn a living. Are you among them?
Would you like to be able to say with sincerity, “I love my job!”? What do you think it would be like to begin each day with eager anticipation, looking forward to the opportunities and challenges you will encounter at your workplace – rather than with dread and anxiety? “Well, I would have to change jobs!” many people would agree. Perhaps, but recently I heard an intriguing story that seemed to indicate a new place to work might not necessarily be required for finding a job you love.
At a cancer support group meeting I attended (my wife is a cancer survivor), a woman was telling about an inspiring person she had met while going for her treatments – a valet parking attendant. “This woman was amazing,” she said. “She truly loved her job – and she loved each of us, patients at the hospital where she worked, as we would arrive each day for our appointments. She never failed to have a big smile and an uplifting word of encouragement for each of us.”
“She made the greatest impression on me,” the speaker at the meeting observed. “She would be out there every day, even in scorching heat and freezing cold, focused on greeting each patient and helping to make their day a little bit brighter.”
Being an administrator for a non-profit organization, the woman telling this story thought to herself, “This is the kind of person we need to hire as our new receptionist.” In fact, she offered the job to the parking attendant. The woman, with her customary smile, politely declined. She explained she could never leave her job – not because it paid well, but in a real sense it had become her “dream job.” She looked forward to each day and the opportunity to offer a kind word, give someone a needed smile, or shine a light of hope to someone desperately needing it. In a word, she saw her job as ministry.
What if we each took that same attitude, viewing our work as ministry – an opportunity to serve and be of help to others – rather than simply a source of a paycheck or a way to fill time between weekends? But how can we do this, especially if circumstances are far from ideal? Consider this advice from the Bible:
Focus on the positive. Undoubtedly, aspects of the parking attendant”s work are not perfect, things she might change if she could. But instead, she concentrates on others. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Remember whom you ultimately serve. In our jobs we must envision doing our part in something much bigger than ourselves. Centuries ago, someone observed a brick mason and asked if he ever grew tired of his work. “No,” he replied, “because I”m building a cathedral.” “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything…. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…. It is the Lord Christ you are serving ” (Colossians 3:22-24).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran journalist for 40 years, he is the author of Tufting Legacies (iUniverse); Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blogs, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com and www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com.
No question, every job has aspects of it that are less than ideal. Yet some people seem to truly love their jobs, regardless of negative circumstances. Do you know someone like that? What is it about that person that enables them to look to each workday with eagerness and anticipation? What is the predominant attitude you have toward your own work? Whether you regard it very positively – or negatively – what is it about the job that you think makes you feel that way? In your mind, what does it mean to view a job as “ministry”? Do you think it would change your approach to your own job if you viewed it in this way? Do you think either of the Bible passages would be helpful for adopting a more positive, motivating attitude toward your work? Explain your answer. NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Proverbs 12:11, 13:9, 22:11; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Luke 6:27-31; Acts 20:35; James 2:14-17