希望的力量可以無限

By Rick Boxx

一段時間以來,我與一些朋友參與了「認養一所學校」的活動。我從這活動中學到了希望的重要性。經歷貧苦不堪和極大壓迫的兒童還是可能會成功──只要給他們希望。

我的意思不是「希望如此」,因那只意味著「祝福」或「祝好運」。我是指真正的希望,那希望是來自看到有人克服同樣的逆境,接受切實可行的目標和策略,使他們走上更好的生活。

奇怪的是,沒有希望的感覺不只存在於貧民區或弱勢社區。我們的職場也可能需要希望。蓋洛普調查顯示只有30%的員工對他們的工作感到興奮,覺得他們的工作有意義且值得做。你能想像嗎?──今天少於三分之一的員工對他們的工作有熱忱?

若其他70%的人了解他們被呼召成為員工,並且有人給他們希望,一個真正的感覺讓他們能逃離佔據他們每天實際生活的乏味感和挫折感,會有什麼改變?若他們能找到希望,我相信他們很可能會變得更投入且更有生產力。他們可能會發展成為重要、寶貴的員工,而不是公司的多餘包袱。

這是如何發生的?這沒有簡單、立即的解決辦法。有時員工就像俗話所說的「方木釘想要釘入圓洞」。他們獨特的技巧和才幹可能不適用在他們被指派每天要執行的職責中。他們可能覺得沒有機會充分發揮,或沒有機會在專業上成長。他們也可能覺得被困住,他們的工作好像是死胡同,沒有進展的期望。

有許多種類的熟練度和人格測驗,也有積極性評量工具可讓雇主用來衡量他們的員工,並發掘如何把他們對公司的貢獻發揮到最大。在有些案例中,一個死胡同的工作可能真的就是死胡同,那意味著那員工應該被鼓勵去追求另一個工作,使他能在物質上、精神上和情緒上都更有收穫。

人們需要希望──更好的事情就在前面,而且可以達到的那種期待或信心。箴言13章12節有智慧的觀察:「所盼望的遲延未得,令人心憂;所願意的臨到,卻是生命樹。」缺乏希望會造成實際和其他方面的傷害。

耶穌基督的跟隨者最終能在上帝那裡找到希望,確定祂會照顧我們、供應我們並在我們生活的每個層面引導我們的應許。例如上帝透過先知耶利米給我們這樣的保證:「耶和華說:我知道我向你們所懷的意念是賜平安的意念,不是降災禍的意念,要叫你們末後有指望」(耶利米書29章11節)。當我們知道上帝對我們有特別的計劃,並且祂的熱心必成就那計劃,我們怎會沒有希望?

既有這盼望,今天為何不在你的工作場所中也花一點時間,提供希望給某個人?

本文版權為正直資源中心(Integrity Resource Center, Inc.)所有。本文獲得授權改編自「瑞克.博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。想要更多了解正直資源中心或想要收到電子文件的「瑞克每天的正直時刻Rick”s daily Integrity Moments」系列文章,請上網www.integrityresource.org。他的書「如何生意興隆而不犧牲正直」提供人們正直地作生意的方法。

省思 / 討論題目
你如何定義「希望」這個詞? 根據你的定義,你會說自己有希望嗎?在你周圍工作的人又如何--他們有希望嗎?他們是那30%享受他們工作的人,或者是70%因為覺得工作沒有達到自己的期待而帶著絕望的感覺? 在似乎沒有希望的情況中,你個人可以採取什麼步驟--或者你會建議別人採取什麼步驟? 聖經說當我們信靠上帝我們就能找到希望。你是否同意?你是否相信上帝真的關心你的工作,你每天為賺取生計而要執行的職責?或者上帝似乎離你很遠,且對你在職場中的角色不感興趣?請解釋。註:若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文,請看:箴言23章17-18節,24章10、13-14節;羅馬書5章1-5節,8章24節;以弗所書1章18-19節;提多書2章13節

THE IMMEASURABLE POWER OF HOPE
By Rick Boxx

For some time now, I and some friends have assisted with a local “Adopt a School” program. One lesson I have learned through this involvement is the importance of hope. Children who have known and experienced grinding poverty and great oppression can be successful – if they are given hope.

I do not mean, “hope so,” which basically means “best wishes” or “good luck.” I mean true hope, gained through seeing real examples of people that have overcome similar adversities, along with receiving practical goals and strategies to put them on a path toward a better life.

Strangely enough, feelings of hopelessness are not confined to ghettos and disadvantaged communities.

Our workplaces could use some hope as well. A recent Gallup survey revealed only 30 percent of workers feel excited about their jobs, finding them meaningful and rewarding. Can you imagine – less than one-third of workers today approach their workplace responsibilities with enthusiasm?

What if the other 70 percent understood their callings as workers and were given hope, a real sense they could escape the feelings of drudgery and frustration that dominate their every day realities? If they could find hope, I believe most likely they would become more engaged and productive. Instead of being excess baggage for their companies, they could develop into important, valued employees.

How could this happen? There is no simple, instant solution. Sometimes workers look like the proverbial “square peg” trying to fit into a round hole. Their unique mix of skills and talents might be a poor match for the responsibilities they have been assigned to perform every day. They might feel underutilized, or prevented from exploring opportunities to grow professionally and personally. They could feel stuck, like their job is a dead-end, without expectation for advancement.

There are many types of proficiency and personality tests, along with motivational assessment tools employers can use to evaluate their employees and explore how to maximize their contributions to the company. In some cases, a dead-end job might indeed be just that, meaning the worker should be encouraged to pursue alternatives that would be more rewarding materially, mentally and emotionally.

People need hope – the expectation or confidence that better things lay ahead and can be reached. Proverbs 13:12 wisely observes, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Lack of hope can take its toll physically, as well as in other ways.

Ultimately, followers of Jesus Christ find their hope in God, assured of His promises to care for us, provide for us, and guide us in every aspect of our lives. For instance, God gave this assurance through the prophet Jeremiah: “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). When we know God has specific plans for us and is diligently working to bring them about, how we not have hope?

With this in mind, why not take a moment and try to provide hope to someone in your workplace today?

Copyright 2013, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.

Reflection/Discussion Questions
How would you define the word “hope”? In light of your definition, would you say that you have hope? How about the people that work around you – do they have hope? Are they among the 30 percent of people that enjoy their jobs, or the 70 percent that carry feelings of despair, partly the result of having jobs and doing work they find unfulfilling? What steps can you take personally – or would you suggest for someone else – to find hope in a seemingly hopeless situation? The Bible says we can find hope as we trust in God. Do you agree with this? Do you believe God truly cares about your work, the responsibilities you perform every day to earn a living? Or does it seem that God is distant and disinterested in your workplace role? Explain your answer.NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 23:17-18, 24:10,13-14; Romans 5:1-5, 8:24; Ephesians 1:18-19; Titus 2:13

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