“…He doesn’t have trouble finding a job… just keeping one….”

He’s just a “drifter.”   What are the characteristics of a “drifter?”  The word drifter, to me, is a bit scary.  Typically, it is thought of as a person who moves from place to place, maybe even an itinerant, hobo, or bum….someone whose come from parts unknown.  Now…now that I have place “those thoughts” in your mind… let me, please, give you a different perspective.  I’m referring to a person who is just not happy in doing anything of consequence (for whatever reason).  He moves from job to job….maybe even, marriage to marriage.  Nothing ever satisfies “his wants.”  He’s not a happy camper.  He doesn’t have trouble finding a job… just keeping one.  He might, even, be the “life of the party,” but in reality…he doesn’t have a life.  He probably is not even working in the field that he was educated in.  I once had a fellow working for me, as a Motel Manager.  He came from an engineering background and was a former engineer.  He worked for me in the day time, and was going to night school, to study “insurance.” He passed all the necessary requirements, and he went into his Mother’s insurance business…for a period.  Then, he came back to his old job with me, and began studying for, and received another degree…. This time in Accounting.  He went on to become a CPA.  I even got him a job with my own CPA firm.  That lasted until he decided he wanted to become a NURSE.  So, he went to nursing school, and is now gainfully employed as a RN…W-O-W!  Oh yeah…in between all of this, he found time to marry three different women (divorcing two)….W-O-W… again!  Is this beginning to sound like a “drifter?”  There are many different elements of behavior that need working on here; but the issue is this:  Do you have room in your business for a “drifter?”   How can we identify the “drifter?”  Does he stay focused on his precise assignment?  Does he “drift” off assignment; looking for short cuts, easier ways to accomplish things?  Does he have any concern about budget issues; efficiency, and performance?  Does he avoid overtime, company seminars, and out of town assignments?  Another way to help identify a “drifter” is this: Does he DRIFT away from things SPIRITUAL?  Does he attend Church?  Does he participate in any kind of “up-lifting” events, or meetings, that help provide one with confidence, hope and encouragement?  Quite often, a DRIFTER has drifted away from God, family, social events, and career advancement.  The only way to “re-introduce” him to society is through “re-introducing” him to GOD.  Until he re-commits himself to God, or even possibly, accepting Jesus as his SAVIOR for the first time….then…he will REMAIN a DRIFTER. Matthew 11:28-30 says – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls; 30for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. …Blessings… cjlb… 9/24/14.

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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