By Jim Lange
吉姆．蘭紀是「工作真理協會[email protected]」 (www.christianroundtablegroups.com)的分會會長，這是一個職場人士的事工。他定期在部落格www.5feet20.com上寫作，他也寫了一本書「流血的領袖：給領袖的聖經急救箱 Bleedership: Biblical First-Aid for Leaders」他與家人住在美國俄亥俄州的Toledo市附近。
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你曾否做過一個你覺得大材小用的工作，或你非常不喜歡的工作？你如何回應那種情況？ 你如何能對一個你覺得貶低你身份或對你的專業沒有挑戰性的工作產生並維持熱誠？當你面對這樣的工作情況，是否就有正當理由可以不盡全力工作？請解釋。 你是否知道有人－－可能在你自己的公司中－－如本文作者所建議，把自尊心放在一邊，努力去做低於他們能力的工作？若有，他們的態度說明了什麼？你對此有何看法？ 在「小事」上忠心以證明你配得做更大的事。你對此意見有何看法？ 若你想參考有關此主題的其他聖經經文，請查看以下經節：
WHAT REALLY MATTERS: HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO
By Jim Lange
Have you ever had a job you felt was below your abilities? Have you ever had a job you hated? We all have, right? What do you do about that?
If you are like me, in situations like that you probably have been tempted to simply go through the motions, giving less than your best effort. It seems easy to take on the attitude, “I do not deserve to be doing this!” or “I detest this job!” When we believe we are being treated unfairly, we can easily justify doing less than our best. However, if you fall for this deception, you are only hurting yourself.
We tend to make “what we do,” “where we do it” and “what we get paid” the most important factors in our work. This line of thinking, however, is misguided at best and certainly does not honor God. What we do at work, where we do it, and how much we earn are not nearly as important as HOW we do it.
Many of us desire to be engaged in something of significance. The good news is that the significance of our work has nothing to do with our titles or what we do. Significance has everything to do with the condition of our hearts. Because our hearts – our inner motivations – determine how we do our work.
I have hired many people over the years and, admittedly, have done a poor job of it in many instances. I have tended to perceive people too positively when I interviewed them, thinking they were exactly what we were looking for. Knowing what I know now, I would ask questions differently of job candidates during an interview. I would try to determine what their attitudes would be if asked to perform mundane, even demeaning tasks, such as cleaning toilets or sweeping floors at the company. Answers to those questions would reveal much about how well they would fit well with our team.
One of my favorite characters in the Old Testament of the Bible was a man who understood this. Joseph (his story begins in Genesis 37) had a difficult road much of his life. It began with being sold into slavery by his brothers. As a slave, he performed admirably and was eventually promoted to a position of great responsibility until he was falsely imprisoned. While in prison, he again made the best of his circumstances and was elevated to a top management role until his release.
Upon his release, Joseph received another promotion, this time to become second in command of all Egypt, answering only to the Pharaoh. In each of these instances, Joseph would not have been promoted had he not been working with all his heart “as working for the Lord,” as Colossians 3:23 instructs all who believe in and follow God.
So if you find yourself in a position you do not like or one you feel is unworthy of your qualifications, recognize God is looking at your heart. He needs you to be faithful in the little things before He can promote you to handle greater responsibilities.
Consider what Jesus told His followers about the importance of being good stewards, not only of our material possessions but also of the work and opportunities given to us: “His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master”s happiness!“” (Matthew 25:21).
© 2011 by Jim Lange. Jim is a chapter president with [email protected] (www.christianroundtablegroups.com), a ministry to people in the workplace. He writes a regular online blog, www.5feet20.com, and is the author of a book, Bleedership: Biblical First-Aid for Leaders. He and his family live near Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.
Have you ever had a job that you felt was far below your qualifications, or one you disliked greatly? How did you respond to that situation? How can you possibly generate and maintain any level of enthusiasm for a job that you feel is demeaning or not challenging to you professionally? Is it ever justifiable to give an employer less than your best effort when confronted with such a work situation? Explain your answer. Have you known of any circumstances – perhaps in your own career – when someone chose, as Mr. Lange has suggested, to set his or her ego aside and perform work that did not measure up to their capabilities? If so, what did their attitude say about them? What did you think? What do you think about the idea of being faithful in performing “little things” to prove you are worthy of doing greater things? NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Proverbs 16:26, 21:5, 22:29, 27:18; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:17, 3:23-24; 2 Timothy 2:15