I am going to change directions with my blogging for awhile. Though at times I will address other subjects, I am for the most part going to use my blog to further discuss or get input on subjects I talk about at our Sunday gatherings. I invite your comments about issues I have already addressed or ones that I will be teaching on in the near future.
So let’s start with this one. This week in our study through the New Testament book of Colossians we are talking about the work place setting. With all men (or almost all) in the work force and over 50% of the women, I would be interested in your word or brief phrase that describes how you feel about your work. Here are some examples of how others responded when asked the same question.
“I enjoy work. My kids like to eat. I enjoy the camaraderie with the guys. It’s good. I’ve got to pay my bills and make a living.”
“What I think about work is you have to do it so hopefully you’re doing something you like so just not complain about it.”
“I don’t really mind it, but it’s not something I want to do every single day.”
“Work’s great when you’re on your lunch hour. But if you like what you’re doing it’s really fun and that’s the way it should be.”
“Work? Work is a necessary evil. You owe bills so you’ve got to pay. If I didn’t owe bills and had a lot of money I wouldn’t work.”
“It’s a necessity now. We have to work. If I had my druthers I think I would probably go golfing every day. But we don’t have the luxury of doing those types of things.”
“What do I think of work? Work is too much time spent at a place I don’t want to be. I’d much rather be in business for myself and making time for myself and spending more time with the family than spending ten or twelve hours a day doing a job for somebody else, making somebody else rich.”
So, what’s a word that would describe how you feel about your work? Don’t worry, I won’t give this to your boss.
You will spend approximately 40% of your life at work, your job — about 150,000 hours. Surveys show that about 1/3 of Americans say “I hate my job.” Other surveys show that nearly 2/3 of Americans are in the wrong job. You can even like your job and not be in the one that is best suited for what you are. Even many people who are successful at work really don’t feel very fulfilled by their work. They are making money, they have a lot of income, but they don’t really feel fulfilled by their work.
How do you feel about your work? I would be interested in hearing.