No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better. ~Jim Yong Kim
“Some people hold up signs saying ‘Will work for food’. If you think about it, that’s like slavery.”
It was a conversation with an eleven year old and he was talking about things to be thankful for. I’m guessing he isn’t thankful for work. I know he’d rather play video games or watch a football game than finish his schoolwork.
The thing is, a lot of people feel like their work, their job, is slavery. Toil, struggle, unfulfilling, just a paycheck.
Jesus tells his followers that their work is to believe in the one he has sent.
Hardly seems like work, right?
Until you start to understand what believing in him means.
Belief in Jesus means that you care for the sick. You visit the widow and give to the poor. You pray for your enemy. You have compassion even when you are tired. You carry your cross daily.
Belief is a lot of work. And belief is something you do all the time. Even at work- your job.
Are you a nurse or doctor? Do you pray with or for your patients? Do you go the extra mile to make sure they are taken care of once they are home?
Teachers, do you show your students how to care for others? Do they see you check on other teachers and offer a helping hand?
Mechanics, do you help neighbors with repairs?
Artists, film makers, and authors do you insist on quality that glorifies God? Do you share your talents with nonprofits, the church, or kids’ summer camps?
Waiters, are you patient with the noisy couple and their toddlers? Do you offer smiles and encouragement?
Prison guards, do you extend Christ’s love to your wards?
Peter tells us to live as free people, but not to take advantage of our freedom. We are to live as slaves to Christ. (1 Peter 2:16)
Are you a slave of the Master? Even at work?