Archive for December 13th, 2008

Self Motivated

December 13, 2008

In my life I have had a variety of different jobs.  I have worked in grocery stores and convenience stores.  I have been a janitor, worked in machine shops and worked on a pipe crew. I have been in the Marine Corp as a tanker, and as a clerk.  I am currently the  pastor of a church, and a teacher in a community college.

One of the things that is most difficult about my current employment is that it requires one to be self motivated.  It is much easier to have a job that you punch in when you start, and punch out when you are done.   You work while you are on the clock and when you are off the clock you are done.  When I had those kinds of jobs it was easy for me to leave my job at work. 

Now my jobs go with me everywhere. 

I remember when I was a teenager living at home.  My parents owned and operated a couple of small grocery stores.  Every once in a while I would find my mother working in the office at home in the middle of the night.  She would tell me that if she couldn’t sleep, she might as well be getting something done.

I now know what that is like.

I always have more to do than I can possibly get done.  This means that I have to prioritize and do those things that are most important first.  If I can find someone to do some of the things, great, but there are things that simply won’t get done. 

It also means that I must constantly push myself to do what needs to be done.  The motivation must come from within.  In my case, it comes from a desire to serve God in the place and in the manner that I believe to be his will.  That provides a powerful motivation.  I believe that I am doing what I do in the service of God.

I also know that it is not his will that I work myself to an early grave, so I try to be balanced in the life that I live. 

I am pretty sure that I am not there yet.