So, what’s your job? To teach students, count money, log orders, sell clothes, write software, play golf?
Workers often identify with their job title and reply to the question, “What’s your job?” with answers like, “I’m an electrician, a customer service representative, a teacher, a delivery truck driver, or an engineer.” But a worker’s real job is much more than accomplishing an assigned task. It’s how he accomplishes his work that makes all the difference.
For instance, a customer representative may answer the phone and give the scripted reply, but if he doesn’t express joy and love, thoughtfulness and care for what he’s doing and the person he’s helping, his response lacks. He is not doing a very good job.
An office worker may show up in her cubicle each day and get her quota of data inputted, but if she isn’t also bringing joy and gratitude to her office environment, her input to the office morale is lacking. She is not a very good employee.
An engineer may have in his mind the perfect bridge to build, but if he isn’t cooperative, patient, and understanding of other engineers assigned to help, he is doing a poor job of fitting in. And there may be conflict, disagreement and poor final results. He’s doing a poor job of understanding what it takes to get a bridge built.
To succeed at a job and do the most good, a worker’s #1 job is to bring the presence of God into his work.
Knowledge tells one how to do a job. Wisdom enables one to do it well. Flow charts may explain who reports to who, but love, respect and goodwill establishes healthy and happy relationships that enable the work to flow with ease. Showing up to work on time may generate a paycheck, initially, but demonstrating increased worth and value over time keeps the paychecks coming.
Wisdom, keen discernment, helpful insight, grace, poise, calm, intelligent decision-making, cooperation and love are qualities that turn a job into a joy and create valuable workers. It’s our #1 job to express these qualities in any position we occupy. And they come freely and abundantly from God.