Summary: What does it mean to find or achieve great success in your work? How do we find satisfaction and joy in our work? For our purposes this morning, we will speak mostly in terms of employee-employer, but the same principles apply equally to the school envi
“SUCCESS @ WORK/SCHOOL”
2nd in Series: Searching For Success
Rev. Todd G. Leupold, Perth Bible Church, January 17, 2010 AM
Work. School. Just saying/hearing the words evokes all kinds of different thoughts and emotions. Today, they are represented in TV shows such as “The Office” and “Glee Club.” Before that, it was “Dilbert.” In the 80s we had movies like “9 to 5” and “The Breakfast Club.” In the 70s, Johnny Paycheck recorded his hit single crooning “Take this job and shove it, I ain’t working here no more.” Tennessee Ernie Ford sang, “You load 16 tons, and what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt.”
In 39 years, I’ve worked as a paper boy, stock boy, just about every position possible in a restaurant (beginning with dishwasher), research assistant, janitor, landscaper, public relations, data entry, retail administrator, sales manager, bus driver, security guard and Pastor. Not to mention countless years as a ’professional student.’ I have been supervised and I have supervised others. All very different responsibilities and environments. Yet, the more I look back the more I can see common elements required for success and satisfaction in each of these very different jobs and environments – some I regularly achieved, some I didn’t. And, if you haven’t noticed, I’m still learning and working at it.
So, let me ask you: Do you really like your school or job? Does it ’fulfill’ you? Is it a passion in your life? Have you and do you continue to find great success in your work? Or, do you agree with comedian Jerome K. Jerome , who once quipped: “I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours”?
What does it mean to find or achieve great success in your work? How do we find satisfaction and joy in our work? For our purposes this morning, we will speak mostly in terms of employee-employer, but the same principles apply equally to the school environment – whatever the educational level.
SCRIPTURE: COLOSSIANS 3:22-4:1
In the context of it’s original audience, our text speaks of slaves and masters because in that time and place most everybody was a form of slave – indebted worker. Those who weren’t, were masters. There was no ’middle class’ or ’middle way.’
For our application, it is best we make the distinction between them as those who work under the authority of another (slaves) and those who work in authority above others (masters).
With this understanding, let us look at God’s universal principles that bring us the keys to success in our school and work.
I.) SUCCESS AS A WORKER REQUIRES:
Slaves, obey your human masters in everything
Two exasperated company executives were discussing a scatterbrained office boy who had a habit of fouling up important errands. “How long has he been with us, anyway?” asked one of the executives. “He’s never been with us,” replied the other. “He’s been against us from the start” (Nelson’s Big Book of Laughter, pg. 446, original source unknown)
Whether what is required of us is pleasant or unpleasant, noticed or unnoticed, appreciated or unappreciated, fair or unfair, we are to be obedient to those in authority over us – whether we chose them or not.