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 THE CHRISTIAN WORK ETHIC NEWSLETTER

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.   Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

What a horrible way to begin a newsletter but that’s the way it is in many organizations because of those who live by the famous line:

"That’s Not My Job!"

This reminds me of the time when I was preparing to speak at a convention at a large hotel in downtown Chicago. The presentation would last approximately 90 minutes but I would not use any notes and, therefore, I would not need a podium. Prior to the audience arriving, I asked a hotel employee if he would remove the rather large one from the stage.

His response?

“OK, but I’ll have to have another employee do this job since that is not in my job description.”

Oh, something like moving a podium has to be in your job description in order to do the work?   (I later learned that the employee was a member of the union in which case such rules are quite common.)  It is so sad that many human beings have become experts in setting up barriers to getting work done and reaching out to those in need. It is no wonder that God compares the productivity of an ant to a lazy sluggard!

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,

yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at the harvest.

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?

When will you get up from your sleep??

(Proverbs 6: 6-9)

I am constantly reminded of how Jesus worked when he lived on this earth. I can not even imagine Him ever walking away from a blind man who called out for help but who would not be a top priority because of a tight schedule.

  1. All of this came to mind recently when I learned about a young worker who is a living example of how one  should approach his or her job every day. Will Perkinson serves as Installation Manager for Robco Manufacturing, an outstanding manufacturer of quality boat docks.

One of their customers accidentally lost an important piece of equipment. While installing a dock for this client, Will found it and immediately brought it to his customer.   In addition to this being a kind and extra deed which is not written into a job description, there is another aspect of the work ethic which arises in this situation.  It is honesty.  After all, there are many individuals who would quickly grab such a device and take it home as a self serving "bonus".

And, when the right behavior is displayed in the workplace, what is the effect on customer relations?  That can best be answered in this message which was sent from the customer to Robco Manufacturing:

“Will’s team was easy and very enjoyable to work with during the dock installation. I appreciate Will recovering my X-treme Procamera. It’s called integrity. Our country needs more young men like him and his teammates.”

This story of real authentic customer service is also a vivid illustration of how we are to serve others as an ambassador of Jesus Christ in the workplace and elsewhere.

I know Will Perkinson very well.  I know he was raised by two Christian parents who have taught the work ethic to their children through setting the example from their own lives.  Will Perkinson is my nephew.

Way to go, Will!

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I look forward to being with you in May. In the meantime, I must be about my Father's business.

altVery truly yours,

Jim Hogsett, Writer for Guideposts Magazine and President/Founder at WORKER MINISTRIES WORLD HEADQUARTERS

   

 

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