When out in the world, do you ever notice how people seem to not care about the job they are doing, or whether or not you might need their help with something? After all, that’s their job.
Whether it’s a 16 year old kid bored with her first job, or a 57 year old man who can’t wait to leave the hell-hole he has to show up to day in and day out, all for a paycheck, people just can’t seem to find much satisfaction in lots of jobs these days. Or maybe, by some strange fluke, we just happen to run across most of these people when we are out taking care of some business. However, I think this is a growing trend that can be traced back to, you guessed it…GREED.
Let me tell you why I believe this. If you are paid a “meager” wage to do a job you would in no way do if you did NOT receive that meager wage, chances are you don’t really care much about what you do for a paycheck, and can’t wait to clock out after you’ve expended as little personal effort as you can get away with, without being fired.
Trust us, we know the feeling. We’ve worked some pretty lame jobs before, and listened to our coworkers moan everyday about how they wished they could quit. It’s just part of what most people assume that they have to put up with to pay the rent.
But have you ever considered that since hardly anyone really loves what they do for money, (although we admit there are a few exceptions out there) that this may be why customer service is becoming worse and worse, and why people are treated so poorly by the people who are supposedly in the business of “helping others?”
This is just one small example of how a greedy system figuratively shoots itself in the foot because most can’t be bothered to do their jobs effectively. (Even people who would never question the system still voice complaints about the shoddy service they receive). And to some extent, who can blame them? Humanity wasn’t meant to live the way we do now. When you are doing a job that you feel you are selling your soul for, you have to wonder if there is any other way of life that offers deep satisfaction.
The amazing thing to us is that no matter how many people we run into, most will choose this monetary slavery over working for God. It seems most people just like distractions, and even if they hate their jobs, as long as they can have some “toys” like television (to brainwash themselves with) and cars and ipods and such, they will put up with the meaninglessness of it.
For some reason, people have been convinced (read “brainwashed”) to believe that working for money really offers security. That is, until they are fired or their job goes out of business, or they suffer a serious injury so that they are no longer able to work. There are countless other misfortunes that can happen to anyone, at any time. During these times, people begin to discover just how fleeting is their security. The best we would could hope for is that people going through something like this would be able to see how much we are all utterly dependent on God to truly take care of us, moment to moment.
Until we can really learn this at the deepest level of our souls, we will still believe in the money myth. And consequently, we will still be ultimately unsatisfied.