Monday, May 3, 2010

Succeeding on the Job

Hi everyone!!!! I hope ya'll had a fabulous weekend!! I definitely did. The Kentucky Derby was so much fun! We had a blast!!! Tomorrow I will tell ya'll all about it and share with you some of the many pictures I took. I even saw a few celebrities!! Today however, I wanted to share with ya'll a little bit of inspiration for succeeding in your job. Anytime I get down about my job or start getting lazy, I like to read this paragraph. I hope it helps ya'll as much as it helps me!!





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When it comes to having a work ethic, "Go to the ant, consider it's ways and be wise." These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principles for living. Observe three things about them: 1) The ant "has no commander, no overseer or ruler" (Pr 6:7) Nobody has to get it out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving. Nobody supervises it's work or enforces quality standards on it. Nobody needs to micromanage it's time on the job or make sure it starts punctually, puts in a full day, pulls it's weight and doesn't quit early. It's self-motivated and driven by it's own high standards, not by rules, regulations or the fear of being fired. 2) It "stores it's provisions in summer and gathers it's food at harvest" (Pr 6:8) While everybody else is complaining about the heat (weather, economy, politics, etc.), the hard-working ant just keeps preparing for the future. 3) The ant is no haphazard, disorganized drifter wandering around aimlessly, looking for something to do. He knows exactly what he's there for and where and how to do it. He's goal-directed, focused, determined and unstoppable. "But my job's a dead end," you say. As long as you're in this job, do it "heartily, as to the Lord" (Col 3:23). Prove yourself where you are and God will promote you to better things.


That last sentence is my favorite and I always go back to it. I tend to get lazy and think that it doesn't really matter because I don't like my job anyway or I won't be here long...well, we can't think like that. We must work hard in whatever we are doing and do it to the absolute best of our ability. God will take notice and bless us with better things eventually. Remember this when you start to get lazy or careless in your job. I wish ya'll the best in whatever you are doing and I hope ya'll have a wonderful Monday!

15 comments:

  1. My parents always said, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well..." I've always carried this with me no matter whether I was cleaning out my closet or teaching my second graders. Really enjoyed this post! Happy Monday!

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  2. This is so inspirational. It's so true that people work harder when they're driven by their own motivation, rather than micromanaged by their boss. Great post!

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  3. Wonderful, wonderful thoughts! Can I copy this to my blog, giving you the credit? I would love to share it!

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  4. I love this! So glad you posted this today! That is a perfect way to start our weeks off! Thanks sweetie! Have a fabulous Monday!!!

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  5. Great post! I just started a new job today so this gets me on the right track. :)

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  6. Thank you for the inspiration!! :-D

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  7. Thanks for the much-needed monday motivation...Monday is the hardest day to convince myself that this job I spend so much time at is important...I think everyone feels like you do at some point. I always think that if I figure out how to stay motivated and work hard then I will be that much more prepared at my next job, one step ahead of the game. Cause it is all a game right?! haha! I cannot wait for your derby pics!!

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  8. Can't wait to see your pics from Derby! Hope you managed to stay dry - what weather we had!

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  9. Sweetie, you went to the Derby?? I'm sooo jealous!! Hurry up and tell us all about it. Oh, and don't forget the pictures!! ;-) I'll be checking back... often!

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  10. Love this post! Yes, I completely agree. We're not doing this work for ourselves, whatever we're doing, we're doing it for the Lord and his purpose. Just be thankful for what the Lord has blessed us with.

    Cannot wait to see pics from the Derby! Glad you had a great time! :)

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  11. I like that philosophy and totally agree. A job is a job, and if it's putting food on your table and clothes on your back, you are blessed regardless.

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  12. I love it. It's so well said and can apply to anyone doing any type of work... like idk housework in my case. Thank you for these uplifting words

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  13. I cannot wait to hear all about the Derby and I’m so glad that you had a nice time and even had a few celeb sightings!

    I’ve never seen this story about the ant, but I really like it and I also needed that after the day that I’ve had. It’s all very true. It almost inspires me to want to go out and do something on my own, but I am grateful for the job that I have.

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  14. So true. Can't wait to see pics!

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  15. what a great reminder. Looking forward to the derby pictures.

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