By Jim Mathis
著名作家、創業家、行銷大師和演講家塞斯．高汀(Seth Godin 註1)最近在他的部落格提到一個小孩在玩的遊戲: 音樂椅(註2)，這個遊戲勾起很多人童年的回憶。
我們在專業和個性上都是獨特的。 即使企業只提供某些類型的職位，每個人的背景、人格、興趣、天份和人生經驗都不太一樣。我們要好好利用神給我們獨特的特質把它們發揮到最大，讓自己成為有價值的員工或是發展它們，讓自己的人生喜樂和滿足。「我的肺腑是你所造的； 我在母腹中，你已覆庇我。 我要稱謝你，因我受造，奇妙可畏；你的作為奇妙，這是我心深知道的。」 (詩篇139篇13-14節)
神已經預備我們做現在的工作。 你有沒有想過自己為什麼會做現在這一份工作，而不是其他的?聖經告訴我們的其中因素是神對我們的旨意。「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)
註1: Seth Godin 是位創業家、部落客、知名演講者，同時也是多本全球暢銷書如《紫牛》等的作家，被美國《商業週刊》譽為「資訊時代的終極創業家」。他多著墨於後工業革命之後，傳播、行銷、離職、領導，以及最重要的－事物正全面改變等現象。參考資料來源:科技報橘http://buzzorange.com/techorange/2014/02/05/seth-godin-learning-for-life/http://buzzorange.com/techorange/2014/02/05/seth-godin-learning-for-life/
你小時候有沒有玩過音樂椅的遊戲？當你沒坐到椅子被淘汰時有什麼感覺？ 在職場上你是不是遇到過被迫玩音樂椅的狀況，又或者你現在正處在這樣的環境中？描述一下那是什麼樣的經驗？ 當你讀到「神創造你，並且在你身上有獨特的旨意」時，你的感覺如何？你相信這是真的嗎？解釋一下你的答案。 想一想除了工作上的技能之外，你的興趣之中（一想到要做就很興奮的事）有沒有能讓你帶進職場的「椅子」？如果你想要看看或討論聖經中更多與這篇主題相關的經節，請參考：箴言12章24節、21章5節、22章29節；傳道書 9章10節；歌羅西書3章17節、23節；提摩太後書3章17節
THE DOWNSIDE OF “MUSICAL CHAIRS”
By Jim Mathis
Seth Godin, a noted author, entrepreneur, marketer and speaker, made a reference to the children”s game, “musical chairs,” in his blog recently. His writing brought back memories of the many times I participated in this activity as a boy.
If you are not familiar with musical chairs, it is a children’s game where you walk around a group of chairs as music plays. When the music stops, everyone grabs a chair and sits. The catch is there is always one less chair than there are players. The person that ends up without a chair is eliminated from the game.
The most practical lesson I learned while playing musical chairs is that if you do not want to always be scrambling for the last chair, it would be good if you could bring your own. At least that is what we should be doing in the workplace. By “bringing your own chair,” I mean determining to be creative, finding your own voice, and doing your own thing – identifying and pursuing what you are best at doing, and feel most enthused and even passionate about doing.
Fighting for a chair seems like fun when you are 10 years old, but not so much when you are 50. I know too many people who have spent too many years scrambling for a decreasing number of chairs. In many industries we have seen this with downsizing, as companies economize by decreasing staff. Even for entrepreneurs the “musical chairs syndrome” might be felt as changes in the market and technology turn once-thriving businesses into struggling enterprises barely clinging to survival.
So how can we go about “bringing our own chair,” when places and opportunities for employment are declining? For me, I always found the demand for someone with photographic expertise. As years have passed, I have also developed skills in restoring old photographs, transforming aging, faded photos into fresh, revitalized images from the past. I have had similar experiences in music, my other passion. These have been my “chairs.”
The question to ask yourself is, “What is my chair?” What are the distinctive skills, gifts and experiences you possess that separate you from others where you work – or could enable you to carve a new career niche of your own? I believe the Bible offers some relevant principles we should consider:
We are unique, both professionally and personally. Even at companies where many of the same types of people are employed, everyone comes with a unique background, personality, interests, talents and life experiences. We must consider how to leverage those God-given qualities either to make us valued staff members, or how we can use them to do something on our own that we would give us much joy and fulfillment. “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother”s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:13-14).
We have been specially prepared for the work we do. Have you ever wondered why you have a natural bent toward some kinds of work – and not toward others? The Bible said this is due in part to God”s intentions for each of us individually. “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).
Jim Mathis is the owner of a photography studio in Overland Park, Kansas, specializing in executive, commercial and theatrical portraits, and operates a school of photography. He formerly was executive director of CBMC in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.
Did you ever play musical chairs as a child? Describe how it felt to be the one left out, without a chair to sit on. Have you ever been in a situation where you worked when it seems like you were being forced to play a business version of musical chairs? Maybe you are even feeling like an unwilling participant right now. If so, what has that experience been like? When you read that God created you and has uniquely prepared you for performing a very special work, what are your thoughts? Do you believe that is true – why or why not? Thinking about not only your skills and work experience, but also your interests – the things that make you feel excited about doing – what are the “chairs” that you bring to the workplace?If you would like to look at or discuss other portions of the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following brief sampling of passages: Proverbs 12:24, 21:5, 22:29; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:17,23; 2 Timothy 3:17