I saw it again just a few weeks ago!?! I have noticed it a lot lately, and it’s wonderful! It not only makes the experience pleasurable, but most of the time it brings out a smile. What I am talking about is when you notice someone at their job, not only seeking to do their tasks with excellence, but how they are doing it make a difference. Like the time Kristi and I were out for dinner at an outdoor patio place. We were enjoying our meal and conversation when a couple of the workers came to clear some of our used dishes. The first guy did not really say anything, but looking around, no eye contact with us and just started to reach for our plate. We were not quite finished so we said ‘thanks but we are not yet finished.’ He did not hear it the first time so we had to move the plate out of his reach or we would have lost that last bite of rice. The worker kind of grunted and shuffled off.
The next guy was very different as he came up with all smiles and said, “How are you today?” “Did you enjoy your meal?” “Are you finished, may I clear your plates?” Then he asked us a few more questions and we asked him a few questions as he meticulously cleared our table (we had finished that last bite of rice if you were wondering about that). He was so polite and interested in us. He was just the buss-boy and had the same job as the other guy, yet how he did his job mattered to him and it made our time all that much more enjoyable and did bring a smile. “How” does matter.
In the tasks we perform and in the jobs we do, it is true, ‘how’ does matter. The Bible encourages us in this…
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
To ‘work at it with all your heart…” is to care about how we accomplish our responsibilities and do chores we have. Colossians 3:23 encourages us to give it that extra effort like we would if we were actually completing a duty Jesus Himself personally asked us to do. The Apostle Paul put it this way to the church in Ephesus…
Ephesians 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,
We are to go about our tasks and the duties of our jobs wholeheartedly (meaning like that smiling busboy doing our excellent best with joy and attention to detail) with the notion we are serving Jesus, the King of Kings and the LORD or Lords.
As well, the ‘how’ of what we do should reflect Jesus. The Apostle Peter described it like this…
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
I wonder how different the work-place would be it that was how we went about our day. Instead of making sure we got our way or were recognized for our accomplishments, we sought harmony and peace…did not Jesus say…
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
‘How,’ matters! Like instead of being so focused on self and insensitive to what others are dealing with, we sought sympathy and asked people how they are doing and listen to their story. See, ‘how’ matters. Like asking God to give us a heart for our fellow workers and foster that brotherly/sisterly love so we are moved to develop friendships and connections with our coworkers.
God has you at the job you have for a reason, not just to perform the responsibilities set for you for the common good of man, and not just earn an income for you and your family, but to minister to your company and customers. Now much of that is through ‘how’ you do your job, like with compassion and humility, because ‘how’ matters.
Maybe you are like that smiley busboy and you have this ‘how’ thing down. Wonderful, keep up the great work and be that awesome example for the rest of us. Now those of us who could use the encouragement to think more about ‘how’ we do what we do, why not try it today or this next week and see how the ‘how’ does matter. It may have a huge impact on others and you.
Seeking to make the ‘how’ matter with you,
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