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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)
TITLE: Job Satisfaction
By Zillah Williams
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There can be little worse than having to drag oneself out of bed in the morning to go to a job which we hate, or which is boring. We want jobs which we feel to be worthwhile, and we want to work for employers who value what we do, but what if that isnít the case? What if we are stuck in a job which is "just a job", or which brings us into contact with people we donít like, or who donít like us? If that is the case, it is important that we have trusted Christian friends who will join with us in asking God to change the situation Ė or to change us!
However, we mustnít forget that we are, first and foremost, working for God. Our motivation for doing a good dayís work is that we are serving Him. Paul tells us that we should work "with a good will as to the Lord and not to men", (Ephesians 6:6). That attitude to work can, in itself, transform a difficult working environment.
Iím reminded of the story of the boss who instructed his male secretary to tell a caller who had phoned, that he was out. However, the secretary disobeyed the order and told the caller, "Yes, heís here," handing the receiver to a very angry boss. Predictably, when the call was over, the boss demanded an explanation and threatened him with dismissal. The secretary simply reminded him that, if he could lie for his boss, then he could lie to him! The boss took the point and, instead of being fired, the secretary was promoted.
Did you know that Jesus experienced Job Satisfaction? The job He had to do was more difficult and horrendous than anything we could imagine doing. He gave up Heavenís glory to be born as one of us, and, for love of us, to die. Yet, the prophet Isaiah, said of Him, "he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied;" (Isaiah 53:11).
When all is said and done, true job satisfaction comes from knowing that whatever we are working at, whether it be important in the eyes of the world or seemingly insignificant, we are in the place where God wants us to be.