By:Robert J. Tamasy
使徒保羅寫信給歌羅西教會時提到：「 無論做甚麼，或說話或行事，都要奉主耶穌的名，藉皀他感謝父上帝。」 (歌羅西書3章17節)。即使是做一些令人不悅的工作像是在馬廄裡鏟馬糞或是直腸溫度計檢查員一樣。
如何面對艱難工作最好的榜樣就是耶穌基督自己。「因為人子來，並不是要受人的服事，乃是要服事人，並且要捨命作多人的贖價。」(馬可福音10章45節) 這裡指的是祂甘願忍受被釘十字架，不僅僅是肉體的忍耐更是用愛忍耐。在他被捉的那一夜， 他禱告說：「阿爸！父啊！在你凡事都能；求你將這杯撤去。然而，不要從我的意思，只要從你的意思。」(馬可福音14章36節)
知道我們不是孤獨的。 我們總以為自己是孤單一人，沒有人能夠了解我們的難處或幫助我們。但是事實是，無論環境如何艱難，我們都能向神求助。「我靠皀那加給我力量的，凡事都能做。」 (腓立比書4章13節)
有長遠的眼光 。如果我們只是看現在的處境，就會覺得似乎是沒有指望的。但是忍耐和毅力可以帶來許多好處：「無論做甚麼，都要從心裏做，像是給主做的，不是給人做的， 因你們知道從主那裏必得基業為賞賜；你們所事奉的乃是主基督。」(歌羅西書3章23-24節)
對你來說，甚麼工作是你想像中最糟糕的工作？你個人做過最糟糕的工作是甚麼，你如何去面對它？ 當你被指派艱難或是令人不快的工作時候，要帶著使命感去做很困難嗎？ 如果可以，想像自己是耶穌，即將要被釘十字架處死，從一個人的角度來看，你覺得當時他心裡會有甚麼想法？ 你是否願意了得到更大的獎賞，努力於擁有長遠的眼光，願意去忍受困難做沒人想做的工作，解釋你的答案。註：若有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：箴言 10章4節、12章27節、21章5節、24章30-34節；傳道書9章9-10節；馬太福音 25章14-30節； 雅各書 1章2-4節
BE ASSURED, THINGS COULD BE WORSE
By Robert J. Tamasy
No job is perfect, and probably all of us have had times when we felt, “I hate my job.” But maybe the following will provide a new perspective on your present situation:
A name-brand pharmaceutical company manufactures a rectal thermometer. Inside the box are included directions for use, and small print on the instructions sheet states, “Every rectal thermometer is personally tested and then sanitized.” How would you like to have the job of thermometer quality control inspector at that company? How does your job seem now, in comparison?
You might be thinking, “Well, I”m not a thermometer tester, but sometimes it seems as if what I have to do is nearly as bad.” How should we handle hard times at work, those vexing moments when, as a friend of mine liked to say, “I would rather eat a bug”?
There are many opinions that could be offered on that question, but I think there is no better source for practical advice than the Scriptures. We often see key individuals of the Bible called to perform distasteful tasks they would have preferred to avoid. Noah, for instance, devoted many years to building an ark, no doubt having to endure the ridicule of his neighbors. The prophet Jeremiah continually gave messages of gloom and doom to the rebellious, disobedient Israelites that had no interest in his calls for repentance.
Writing to followers of Jesus in the city of Colossae, the apostle Paul urged them, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). These people in many cases were required to perform unpleasant tasks, even shoveling horse manure in stables. Perhaps they would have preferred being thermometer inspectors!
The ultimate example of dealing with a hard job is Jesus Himself: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). This refers to His crucifixion, which He willingly endured. Not that Jesus looked forward to the physical suffering He would have to endure with enthusiasm. Apart from His disciples the night before, He prayed, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).
So when confronted with difficulties of our own in the workplace, how should we respond?
We do not have to do it alone. We are tempted to think we are on our own, that no one understands our misery or can offer any help. But we can turn to God for the resources we need to continue despite the adversity. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
Trust that even undesirable work will receive notice. If we are faithful in doing the little things, Jesus promised, opportunities will be opened for doing much more. “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men” (Proverbs 22:29).
Take a long-term approach. If we focus on the present, sometimes circumstances seem hopeless. But perseverance often brings many benefits. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” (Colossians 3:23-24).
© 2015. Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
What is the worst job you can imagine having to perform? What is the worst job that you personally had to do – and how did you handle it? How difficult is it, when assigned difficult or unpleasant tasks, to carry them out while maintaining a higher sense of purpose or mission? If you can, imagine yourself in the place of Jesus, knowing you would soon be enduring an excruciating death on a cross. From a human perspective, what thoughts do you think might have been going through His mind? Do you think striving to maintain a long-term viewpoint, being willing to endure hardship to attain a greater good, is sufficient for being able to perform work that is tedious or undesirable? Explain your answer.NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 10:4, 12:27, 21:5, 24:30-34; Ecclesiastes 9:9-10; Matthew 25:14-30; James 1:2-4