A journalist was walking down the street where the foundation for an apparently large building was under construction. Curious to know what was being built, he stopped and asked a brick mason, “What are you doing?”
“I’m just working trying to make ends meet,” the worker replied.
The journalist walked down the street a little further and asked a second mason the same question. The worker responded, “I’m laying bricks for a lousy $10 an hour.”
A little further down the road, the journalist asked a third brick mason, “What are you doing?” The third worker enthusiastically stood up, opened his arms toward the vast space before them with a brick in one hand and a trowel in the other and replied, “I’m building a beautiful cathedral!”
What kind of attitude did you bring to work today? Is it just a grind that you endure to make ends meet or is it something you do with excellence and enthusiasm?
Paul the apostle advised that whatever our work, we work as if God is our boss, not humans. Doing your job well is a way of serving him. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving (Colossians 3:23-24).
Do your work with excellence and enthusiasm. If you work in the medical records department, it’s important to me that you do your job with excellence. If you mistakenly note that I need a colonoscopy, I’m not going to be happy.
Near my home, there is a large Bridgestone tire plant. Some of the employees would tell you they are “just” making tires. Others, like the third brick mason, would tell you that they are making quality tires so families can travel safely in their vehicles without disaster.
Some insurance salespeople may tell you they “just” sell insurance. Others would tell you that they are protecting people from financial disaster.
Attitude is key.
Whatever you do:
- changing diapers in a daycare
- providing customer service
- selling insurance policies
- teaching multiplication tables
- providing utilities for local residents
- giving medical care
- protecting the community
- assisting upper management
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.
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