God has made you greater than your job

When it comes to defining our individual worth, no job can do what God has already done for us.

My first job after graduating from college was as a file clerk. I filed, by hand, the hundreds of book orders that came into the office each day. My take-home pay amounted to barely a spoonful of beans—which is a more apt analogy than you might think, because at least a couple of nights out of the week, during the first few months, I ate my dinner from a can of pork and beans.

I took the job because I genuinely wanted to work for a nonprofit organization whose cause I believed in. What I gained from my first job was much more than a puny paycheck. I learned some valuable lessons that, quite frankly, I'm still trying to understand better and apply to my current employment.

Second Thought
June 20, 1988

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