In fact…. It’s taken for granted. I do it without intent…it’s just an automatic… like I’m on automatic pilot. I guess you could say that “I am wired” that way. It would be very useful if this characteristic were more common in the work place. But it seems… we have an apathetic attitude towards it… and how it could be used… to work for our advantage. Rather… as an ‘American Work-force’ …we simply do “just what is necessary” to get the job done….just enough to “get by.” We don’t think in terms of efficiency.
Some forty years ago, while building a golf course and country club complex… I discovered that one of the supervisors was teaching the workers to work eight hours each day… NO MATTER, if we had 4 hours of work, or 6, or 8. Stretch it to ‘fit the circumstances.’ I found that I could do without the supervisor, and two of the workers…as we were ‘over-staffed.’ They didn’t have any intensity!
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.” Almost 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 work under intense leadership.
Fifty-five years ago, for a period of 5 years, I worked as an accounting supervisor for a ‘national watch manufacturer. 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… to do their job their very best. They were NOT APATHETIC.
God EXPECTS us to have this type of ‘work-ethnic.’ Paul tells us in his letter … 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… allows all your other commitments to mature and flourish.
And King Solomon tells us in… Proverbs 16:3 – Commit your work to the Lord, and 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.
Mind you… intensity is not limited to our work environment. We should commit ourselves to a high level of intensity in our social, family and for sure… our spiritual life. God does not like a ‘Luke-warm’ Christian.
…Blessings…as we each seek to do our jobs with intensity. …cjlb…11/13/2017