In fact…. I take it for granted. I do it without intent; as it’s automatic. It’s like I am on automatic pilot. I guess you could say that “I am wired” that way. It would help for this to be more common in the work place, but it seems that we have an apathetic attitude towards it, and how it could be made to work for our advantage. We seem, as an “American Work-force,” to simply do “just what is necessary” to get the job done….just enough to “get by.” We don’t think in terms of efficiency…. and excellence.
We could debate the issue forever, as to the reasons of “not-caring,” but my point here is not to debate “why,” but to emphasize what happens if we “start-caring.” Most anyone will work hard, and more efficient, under one of several scenarios…. If they (the employee) get a portion of the profits, if they work on commission, or if they own their own company.
Fifty-two years ago, for a period of 5 years, I worked as an accounting supervisor for Elgin National Watch Company. They paid their production employees based on “efficiency and production.” The more they produced… the more they were paid. In 1962, there were employees fresh out of high-school who were making $250 per week. They worked hard, and they worked smart. And, they were INTENSE. They were eager, passionate, on fire, emotional, fervent and committed. They were NOT APATHETIC. Frankly, I describe myself in this manner.
God EXPECTS us to have this type of “work-attitude.” 2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. I might add, too, that a commitment to God, allow all your other commitments to mature and flourish. Proverbs 16:3 – Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
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