Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Work Ethics: He said/ She said

Today, I was about to throw away a used-up legal pad. I decided to scan it for anything of importance, and I came across some notes my daughter scribbled in it. She’d made one sheet for me and one sheet for her dad, and at the top she’d written “Work Ethics.” Looking back, I recalled it was a last minute, late night homework assignment. She had to ask her parents for their work ethics and determine what her personal work ethics would be.

I remembered filling my answers in, but I never saw what my husband wrote on his list.  After seeing his list, I can see why he’s a pastor!  We spend so much time in life working, so I thought it might be worth sharing.  If you put both lists together, you’re bound to be a success at your job!

Lori’s List:                                                     Matt’s List:
-be on time                                       -lead others
-be a team-player                            -love people
-take initiative                                  -care for those in need
-give it 100%- DO MY BEST         -do everything to the best of my ability
-dress professionally                      -stand up for what I believe in
-have a positive attitude

Here’s one of my life verses—it’s a great “mindset” to have whether you’re working on important things or very dull, monotonous tasks:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23, 24

What are your work ethics?  Whatever they might be, we can all agree there's nothing "easy" about doing your job well.  But God never promised us an easy life, He just promised that He would help us through all the tests and trials of life.  It's not a mystery, but it does happen by faith: Christ lives in us. . . let me say that again, Christ Lives In Us!,  empowering everything we do with His grace.