By Robert J. Tamasy
但是你不需要一定要從事高報酬的工作才能符合這四項標準。在我的職業生涯當中，我很幸運地能擁有一個幾乎是完美配合我的工作。幾年前，有一節聖經的經文很恰當地描述了我的工作：「 我心裏湧出美辭； 我論到我為王做的事， 我的舌頭是快手筆。」 (詩篇45篇1節)
愛你的工作。 如果我們相信神創造我們是有目的地的，我們就有信心祂已經裝備我們以及給我們機會來做這個特別的工作。「耶和華啊，我舌頭上的話，你沒有一句不知道的。」 (詩篇139篇4節)
工作表現傑出。雖然這不可能一夜之間就發生，但只要我們致力於工作的品質和委身，時間到了工作的績效就會被得到注視和獎賞。「你看見辦事殷勤的人嗎？ 他必站在君王面前， 必不站在下賤人面前。」(箴言22章29節)
做該做的事 單調重複性高的工作似乎無法帶來什麼成就感，但是如果我們賦予工作目的和意義，這就成了我們的獎賞。就像是幾世紀前造石頭房屋的工匠，他說:他喜樂是因為他不是在造一座牆，而是一間教會。「我們原是他的工作，在基督耶穌裏造成的，為要叫我們行善，就是上帝所預備叫我們行的。」 (以弗所書2章10節)
根據「理想工作」的四項標準：你喜歡這個工作、你做起來得心應手、這個世界需要有人做這個工作、有報酬，現在你做的工作是所謂「理想的工作」嗎？ 如果你發現自己現在做的工作無法達成你最終的理想，你覺得可以採取什麼方法逐步找到你理想的工作？ 只要你能賺得足夠的報酬來供應生活所需，愛不愛這份工作對你來說是重要的嗎？ 你是否相信聖經所說的，我們都是神創造的獨特的生命，因此神會給我們做這個工作所需的裝備，讓我們從工作中得到喜樂、成就感、動機和足夠的報酬？說明你的理由。註：若你有聖經且想要讀更多有關此主題的經文，請參考以下經節：申命記15章10節；傳道書 9章10節；以弗所書 6章5-7節；歌羅西書3章17節、22-24節； 帖撒羅尼迦前書4章11節；提摩太後書 3章17節
FINDING YOUR BEST JOB
By Robert J. Tamasy
Evaluating almost any situation, things could be even worse – including the work we do. But that does not mean we should settle for less than what we believe is best for us, if we have a choice. Recently I came across a chart that illustrated characteristics of the ideal job for anyone, regardless of their profession. It showed four criteria that, if met, could make any kind of work perfect for someone.
These criteria include: 1) you love the work; 2) you excel at doing the work; 3) the world needs the work; and 4) you get compensated for doing the work. If you can find a position that meets all four of these, you will have a job that not only gives you a profession, but also a mission, a sense of calling, and something you can pursue with great passion.
Recently I had my annual checkup with my cardiothoracic surgeon, who performed open-heart surgery on me more than eight years ago. I thought about how his career fits this description. He clearly enjoys what he does, he is one of the most skilled at the types of surgeries he performs, there is obviously a need for it – and he is paid well for his work.
But you do not have to be a highly compensated professional to fit the criteria. Throughout much of own my career, I have been blessed to have jobs that seemed nearly perfect for me. Years ago I discovered a Bible passage that aptly describes what I do: “My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer” (Psalm 45:1).
Not everyone is called to write, of course. But we all have innate, unique gifts and skills that properly and fully utilized could make work a source of joy, not drudgery. Here is a biblical perspective:
Loving your work. If we believe God designed us with purpose, we can trust He equipped us to perform special work – and to enjoy the opportunity to do it. The challenge is to discover what that work is, and then to pursue it wholeheartedly. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).
Excelling at your work. It may not happen immediately, but if we seek to perform our work with quality, with a commitment to excellence, in time it will be noticed – and rewarded. “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men” (Proverbs 22:29).
Doing work that is needed. Tedious, repetitive work might not seem fulfilling, but if our work has purpose and meaning, it can become its own reward. Like the stonemason on a construction crew centuries ago. He said he rejoiced because, “I am not building a wall. I am building a cathedral!” “For we are God”s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Being paid for your work. There may be times when it might be necessary to volunteer or work only part-time at those things we enjoy most, but if we can succeed in merging our work and passion, we will find ourselves being compensated for what we love to do. “For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain” and “The worker deserves his wages”” (1 Timothy 5:18).
© 2015. Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Based on the description of the ideal job – loving it, excelling at it, doing what is needed, and being paid for it – would you say you are currently in your “best job”? Explain your answer. If you find yourself doing work that does not meet your ultimate desires, what steps do you think you could take for moving toward that ideal job? What difference does it make whether you truly love your work or not, as long as you are being paid enough to meet your needs – and perhaps, your wants? Do you believe, as the Bible states, we all are uniquely made by God and therefore should expect to be equipped to do special work that gives us joy, fulfillment, motivation and adequate compensation? Why or why not?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Deuteronomy 15:10; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Ephesians 6:5-7; Colossians 3:17,22-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 2 Timothy 3:17