What exactly is work?
We might call it a job, a place we go to earn a living, or something we must do in order to live.
Unfortunately many people do not love their work.
In fact, some people do not love any work at all. A recent American survey found that 11% of those surveyed believed that the government should provide you with a basic income whether you work or not.
If you think work and jobs are rough today, just read the article below on the rules of the workplace in 1852.
These were found in the ruins of an old factory in Scotland:
All employees must abide by the following regulations:
* This firm has reduced the hours of work, and the clerical staff will now only have to be present between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
* Daily prayers will be held each morning in the main office. The clerical staff will be present.
* Clothing must be of sober nature. The clerical staff will not disport themselves in raiment of bright colors.
* A stove is provided for the benefit of the clerical staff. Coal and wood must be kept in the locker. It is recommended that each member of the clerical staff bring four pounds of coal each day during cold weather.
* No member of the clerical staff may leave the room without permission from Mr. Rogers. The calls of nature are permitted and clerical staff may use the garden below the second gate. This area must be kept in good order.
* No talking is allowed during business hours.
* The craving of tobacco, wines, and spirits is a human weakness and as such is forbidden to all members of the clerical staff.
* Now that the hours of business have been drastically reduced, the partaking of food is allowed between 11:30 a.m. and noon, but work will not on any account cease.
* The owners recognize the generosity of the new Labor Laws, but will expect a great rise in output of work in compensation for these near Utopian conditions.
How would you like to work in THAT factory???
Today, work is a lot easier, and yet often considered a burden, a necessary evil or treated like a curse- something we hate but must do…for the money.
I should pause here and say, if you only work for the money you’ll never be very good at your work. You can never pay anyone enough to bring excellence to his work.
Work has never been easy. The very word itself has synonymous meanings like effort, exertion, labor, toil, slog, drudgery, or grind.
In my opinion every job, business or profession becomes “work” if done well. Effort is needed. Attitude is essential. The daily grind is there.
Anything done repeatedly can become boring and monotonous. But it can be rewarding.
Some of you might think working for Jesus would be an easy job. As one young man once said to me, “Everything I’ve tried has failed, I guess God is calling me to the ministry.”
What was he thinking, people in ministry have no bad days or never fight negative feelings?
The best job or easiest profession becomes “work” very soon. Rarely does a job alone make you happy.
In actual fact, no work can make you happy. In my lifetime I’ve talked to a lot of people in a lot of positions and many levels of society.
Happy people are usually happier at work. They are also happier at home and happier in relationships.
The point I want to make about work is simple. We all have to work at life.
Life is relationships, jobs, ministry or business.
Don’t let life define you by your responsibilities. Don’t let your mundane job make you a mundane person.
Choose to leave a mark on your work and your life.
Make your purposeful impression on everything you do by being a Christian.
Be different in the workplace by being the best you can be in that place for the glory of God. Do business in a way that would make Jesus notice you are there.
You will have to work or as the Scripture says be content with poverty.
Love your work.
“What?” you protest. “My work? You don’t know how bad it is.”
No I don’t; but I’m pretty sure that no job is ever all bad. And no job is ever all good.
Choose to Love your work by…
• Having a good positive attitude every day.
• Arrive 10 minutes early, every day, rather than 10 minutes late.
• Speak positively about your bosses and work mates.
• Learn to do it better- improve yourself.
• Place your personal signature on your work and call it excellence.
• Never do the minimum- give it that extra push.
• Sing once in awhile at work.
• Smile as often as you can and to as many people as you can.
Just be a spirit filled Christian and the joy will spill over and work will be fun.