On Doing Your Work Wholeheartedly

The other night, I ate dinner at the hotel across the street. I ordered “The Gobbler,” which. as you guessed, is their version of the turkey sandwich. When it arrived, I was immediately disappointed. It was one of those triple-deckers, with an extra piece of bread in the middle, all-in-all about 5 inches thick.

They would have had to call the local fire department for the Jaws of Life to pry my mouth open wide enough for me to get a bite of this sandwich.

So there I sat trying to figure out how to get what should have been a simple turkey and cheese sandwich into my pie hole. Was I really supposed to eat it with a knife and fork?

Now, I can imagine other chefs telling the chef who made my Gobbler, “Nice presentation.” But the presentation is supposed to make me want to eat the food; if in making the food desirable the chef makes it uneatable, what’s the point?

From all this I have concluded the chef really wasn’t thinking about the purpose of his job. He was after something else, or may not after anything at all. He may not have been thinking at all.

When the Apostle Paul said we were supposed to do our jobs with all our heart (Colossians 3:23), he was referring to our mind, will, and emotions. That means we need to think about why we are doing what we are doing and how to do it properly, even if our job is as seemingly simple as making a turkey sandwich. GS

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