Archive for October, 2009

For whom do you work?

Today, I was sitting in an oasis in the middle of the desert. Built in 1930, the Arizona Inn back then was a luxurious get away surrounded by miles of sand and cactus. The owner, Mrs. Greenway, used to run a factory that produced furniture. But when the Depression hit, she decided that all the furniture could be put to use so  she built what became the Arizona Inn as it is today. Each room and terrace is unique and beautiful.  That’s just a little bit of history… and this new hidden treasure tucked away from the main streets…  is becoming a favorite spot for me in Tucson. 😉

I met an older gray haired gentleman who looked like a waiter at the Library today (yes, this Inn has a library!… :D).  He urged me to take part in the afternoon tea they were having. I declined, seeing the sign that this was for house guests. I mentioned that I wasn’t as guest at the Inn, but still he was very welcoming and showed me a short tour of the front of the Inn. He went on to tell me more history about how this Inn has been passed down generations in the Greenway family and coming back to the library again asked if I would partake in tea. Looking around there was only one other person in the room and before me was an exquisite assortment of delicious snacks, tea and coffee , so I gratefully obliged (little did he know that tea is a love language of mine).  But what was interesting to me was how this man talked so highly about the owner, his boss (the granddaughter of Mrs. Greenway). He also shared a love for her Inn (that his mother took him to as a child) and the way he served, addressed each person that came by and made the place feel like a home. And aside from doing his job well, I could tell that he really enjoyed it.

I  thought… this man could easily not enjoy his job. Especially with not many people coming around. Not that this couldn’t be a fun job… but I found that he genuinely enjoyed it. And from what I could gather, he enjoyed it because of the person for whom he worked.

I recall a friend telling me “Jesus is my boss.” Something his mom reminded him of as he works as a free lance consultant.  And I thought… this is true. And no matter what line of work whether its studies, an office job, teaching or ministry we have an Ultimate Boss. Of course it can be easier if your boss is Christ-like, but that’s just an added bonus.

Similarly, I remember a quote from a book called “Discipline: The glad surrender” and in one chapter it  says…

” There is no such thing as Christian work. That is, there is no work in the world which is, in and of itself, Christian. Christian work is any kind of work, from cleaning a sewer to preaching a sermon, that is done by a Christian and offered to God.” – Elizabeth Elliot



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