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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Job Matters

Would you keep your job if you inherited a fortune? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1086).

Happiness in a job always recognizes that the specific work done is of secondary importance. The critical consideration is if ultimate ends can be pursued while working on the job. For example, a person motivated primarily by money can be happy so long as the job held pays well. Money is an important motivator for me, so my middle class salary is an important factor in my happiness. But coincident with that “maintenance goal” are other primary goals. I have always been taught that we are placed on earth to fill an eternal capacity whatever temporal capacity we may fill—the earthly role congruent with this eternal purpose is to embody a role of service. Happiness on the job for me is derived primarily from this ability to be helpful in achieving the well-being of others. In a sense it is unimportant as to the temporal nature of my job description, it is the ability to fulfill the eternal role that is the operative consideration.

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