Why do the job

13 May

There is one piece of advice that I gave to my sons quite often, “Find something you love to do and find a way to get paid for it.” That has been my life. I love talking about God, and sure enough, there is a way to get paid for that.

I am still reading through “The Rule of Benedict”, in the section of the leader of a monastery. The lines from Joan Chittister’s commentary always move me.

Benedict does not want people in positions simply to get a job done. He wants people in positions who embody why we bother to do the job at all. He wants holy listeners who care about the effect of what they do on everybody else. Imagine a world that was run by holy listeners.

I think about all the people I encounter in my day. There are people in every job and every profession who hate every minute of their jobs and you can see it on the face. Then there are others who, no matter what they do bring a hope and a joy to the work. Johnny Cash has a great song called “Get Rhythm”. There is one of the verses I love.

A Little shoeshine boy never gets low down
But he’s got the dirtiest job in town
Bendin’ low at the peoples’ feet
On the windy corner of the dirty street
Well, I asked him while he shined my shoes
How’d he keep from gettin’ the blues
He grinned as he raised his little head
Popped a shoeshine rag and then he said

Get rhythm when you get the blues
Come on, get rhythm when you get the blues
A jumpy rhythm makes you feel so fine
It’ll shake all the trouble from your worried mind
Get rhythm when you get the blues

I know not everyone in the world has a choice of what they do in their lives, but most people who read this blog do. We have an abundance of types of education, an abundance of types of work to do, we even have people who will test us and tell us what we are good at doing. So, find what you love to do and find a way to get paid for it.

Life is too, too short to miss any of it being miserable. Maybe you have a job you don’t like now, maybe you have co-workers who drive you crazy. Well, pray God into the middle of it. If God has the power to raise Jesus from the dead, then why can’t God bring joy to your work. Be a holy listener . . . get rhythm . . . whatever works for you find a way to celebrate God’s presence, power, grace and joy. Peace


One Response to “Why do the job”

  1. Teresa May 16, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Love it!

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