Work, pay and enjoyment

February 18th, 2010

I watched an interesting show on the ABC recently. It is called “The People Watchers”. It is a team of psychologists who set up different situations and observe people as they do them. Afterwards they reveal their experiment to the people and ask questions on how they felt.

In the recent episode they asked two groups of three people to pick up rubbish in a inner city park at lunchtime. Lots of people were sitting around eating their lunch while the people worked. The first group picked up rubbish for 30 minutes. They were paid nothing as they were asked as volunteers. The second group did the same job, but were paid 10 UK pounds to do it.

Afterwards they spoke to each group and the results were surprising. The volunteer group rated the work 8 or 9 on an enjoyment scale and said they felt they were helping the community by making the park nicer for visitors. The paid group rated the experience as a 1 0r 2 for enjoyment and would not do it again.

I found this an interesting experiment as the volunteers thought they were helping and giving back to society. While the paid group could only focus on what a horrible job it was and couldn’t wait to get out of there. It was the same job, but the way they viewed it was totally different!

As I write Colossians 3:23-24 comes to mind. It says, “ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”.

I believe this Scripture is the key to real enjoyment and satisfaction in our jobs (both paid and volunteer). When we have the attitude that all we do is for the Lord, then we will serve wholeheartedly and get a lot more satisfaction out of all we do…whether we see it as a “good” or “bad” at the time.

God Bless,

Dave