Prime Time with God: A Job Versus a Calling
By Os Hillman
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wants to become great among you must be your servant? as the Son of Man did not
come to be served, but to serve" (Matt 20:26-28).
My family and
I traveled to my home town every few months to visit my mom in an elderly care
nursing facility for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. We often comment that
it is easy to distinguish those who see their work as a job versus those who
see it as a calling.
There is one
woman there we all love. Her name is Carolyn. We knew that if Carolyn was on
duty, our mom would be well cared for. Carolyn exemplifies one who is doing her
job because she actually loves her work. Carolyn's job involves caring for
difficult patients who often have little appreciation for what she does and
often requires cleaning up urine and giving baths to invalid patients. When
asked about her view of her job Carolyn's response was quite remarkable,
"I enjoy it." What an amazing response. We were taken back by her
recognized by her organization as caregiver of the year. She didn't do her job
because she wanted that recognition. Instead, it was the fruit of living out
her calling to be a caregiver.
Carolyn is in
sharp contrast to others who work at the same facility. It is often difficult
to get them to do the basic necessities of care for your loved one. Requests
are met with resistance. The attitude in which they do their job is compulsory
instead of a motivation to serve.
can be seen in almost any vocational area. Whether you go into a department
store, speak with a customer service agent, or go to get your tires changed, it
is easy to recognize those who are living out their calling versus those who
are collecting a paycheck.
are you in this story? Pray that you see your work as a calling and an avenue
to express the life of Jesus through your work life.
Today God Is
First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
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