Monday has a way of reminding us that we have a job. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a commuter, you have a job to do today (and most days). It is amazing to me how few people really take their jobs seriously. Oh they take their paycheck seriously and as Christians they may even take their “real” job seriously – being a Christian influence while at work. However, I’ve known people to spend years at a job and never really take that job seriously except for earning a paycheck.
This leads me to the ONE THING today: Study your trade.
Let me remind you of what your paycheck represents. Minimally, it represents a huge portion of your life. You literally sell priceless hours of your life to earn that paycheck. Furthermore, your paycheck represents the value your company places on you. Now you know and I know that your life is about so much more than just your job, but nevertheless these two reasons alone should be a catalyst for you to seek to excel at your work.
Remember, a job is a part of the overall stewardship of life; give a good account of yourself while there. Here are a few ways to “Study your trade”:
- Learn from the masters of your trade. Whether you are a ditch digger or a dentist, there are experts in your trade; you should know them by name and spend a little time each week (preferably each day) studying them.
- Learn from the masters of your trade where you work. There are probably people where you work that are wiser and more experienced than you – develop and keep an on-going list of questions that you ask them.
- Attend any conference or training session your company offers; and if they don’t offer any, find some that they could and ask your boss to sponsor you. If your request is rejected, it will still say a lot about your desire to excel.
- Keep a journal at work – take a few minutes before checking out (even if it’s off the clock) and write down any thoughts about your day – lessons learned, etc. and regularly reflect back over your remarks. It is amazing how you will pick up on good and bad patterns in your work and be prompted to improve.
Bottom line, your job is a huge part of your life. Studying your trade will bring passion into your life and make your job more meaningful and productive. The precious minutes of your life are too valuable for you to spend them in trapped in the Monday – Friday “grind”. Live! Learn! Feed your passion and be a Master at your trade.
Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.