Andy Bales is on a mission. After serving for years in vocational ministry as a pastor, Bales is now on the front lines of the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles. “We speak up for people experiencing homelessness,” says Bales.
If this is truly “all there is” on any given day to our work, or our lives for that matter, we are indeed in trouble and Ecclesiastes provides as honest and true a description of this truth as can be found. And yet sometimes, when I got to the end of a long day, all that was left was a deep sigh. “Why does this job feel so empty?”
Last week "The Cosby Show" star Geoffrey Owens made headlines after responding resiliently to critics after photos surfaced of Owens working at Trader Joe's. “There is no job that is better than another job," Owens said.
As we reflect on all the goodness brought by the innovative and industrious production of American labor, there is cause enough for a day of celebration. But why exactly do we celebrate our work? And, maybe more importantly, why should we celebrate our work?
I’d like to explore how people seek satisfaction in their Jobs. There are apparently only 19 percent of the adult workforce that claim that they are extremely satisfied by their work (Barna Group research in 2014). With so many options available, why is it that deep satisfaction is still so illusory?
On any given day I might finish a few of these or spend several hours doing tedious editing on a section of curriculum for one of our programs. A book I read over the holiday had a chapter that caught my eye and was a welcome return to the goodness of even our daily tasks of minutiae.