Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I: Industrious

I’ve had some jobs that I really hated, for various reasons – mostly boredom. In every one of these jobs, I posted this on the wall above my desk:

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
Colossians 3:23

It’s not easy to go to work when you have to do something you dislike, or work with people who are obnoxious, or sit a desk and look busy when there is not enough work to do. I am blessed to have meaningful and rewarding work to do, but not everything I do is exciting, important, or fulfilling. In fact, most of the activities that fill my days are mundane, tedious, and frustrating.

Some of the things I do that I find fulfilling are the following: reading and playing with my children; writing and teaching.

Some of the mundane things I spend most of my time doing include: cleaning, grading, and planning.

But I am a happy person, and industrious. I work hard, though I have to admit, I put more effort into the first list than the second.

We are told to work hard always, in whatever task or job we find ourselves in. I was raised in a home where my parents modeled hard work and taught us to work by enforcing chores. I am grateful for the work ethic that was instilled from my early life.

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What is the worst job you’ve had? How did you cope? What is the most unpleasant task you have to complete in your current life?


  1. One of the worst ones had to be as a secretary long time ago. It was completely not for me but I insisted because I like to "finish" things and do not let them hanging around.
    I eventually found a better one and moved on :)

  2. My last job I had for 25 years (self employed)loved it for 23 ,recently sold it. I don't know if unpleasant,is the correct word for me right now maybe a little scary or intimidating.
    Entering a new business venture. I pray for guidance and the ability to discern the answers.

  3. I just wrote that verse into my journal this morning. Not because I hate what I'm doing, I don't I'm self-employed. But I need to remind myself that if I cheat myself by being inefficient or distracted, I'm cheating the Lord:)

  4. In the spirit of April 15th, I despise doing my income taxes. I usually get it done early but this year I really procrastinated so that is my task for tomorrow. I'd rather be reading a good novel or playing with my dogs.


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