Tuesday, November 15, 2005

"Not my responsibility"

Whether or not this story is legitimate, it is believable, including the employee saying, "It's not my responsibility." I have worked in places where certain employees look at the job description and follow it to the letter. I suppose there was nothing in this nurse's job description saying what she should do in case of ants crawling on a patient's face, but to leave the patient in such a state is ridiculous and cruel. The family had complained about the staff on other occasions as well.

Sadly, this is all too often the mantra of employees in various roles. Sure, if you don't have the ability to do the task, or if doing so would cause greater problems than not, or if you are just too busy, then fine. But if you are just being selfish or lazy, or wish to take advantage of others, then shame on you.

As Christians, we should go all out, setting the standards for excellence and contribution. After all, doesn't God overflow our cup of blessing (Psalm 23:5)? Doesn't he provide streams of living water (John 7:38). Isn't God abundantly good (Psalm 145:7), and gracious (Romans 5:17, 1 Timothy 1:14)? Didn't He go well beyond what most people would have done--offering his life for us while we were still sinners, enemies of God (Romans 5:7-8)?

Imagine if God only provided us the bare minimum! If He said, "Well, I paid for your sins. Isn't that enough?" No, we don't have to eat the scraps left behind by the pigs, as was the case in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). He offers us more of Himself than we can even ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

Now, imagine if Christians all over the world were known for offering more of God's heavenly treasures than people could ask or imagine. Imagine if they gave much more to worthy causes (we don't give much more now, if at all). Imagine if they regularly offered to help other people. There are indeed many who do, and God will bless them for it (though they most likely know it is more blessed to give than to receive [Acts 20:35], so they don't do it just to be blessed).

Lord, please forgive us for our laziness, selfishness, and stubbornness. Help us look to You as an example of one who gave of Himself abundantly, far beyond what we deserved. We thank You for all You have done, and may we one day be able to look back on our own lives and say we gave it our all, as You did. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


At 17:47, Anonymous Eric said...

Wonderful post Jeff...all too often I see this attitude within the teaching profession (many times catching myself with doing the "bare min.). Thanks for keeping us all honest! :)

Oh...I've tagged you over at Little Bit...

At 12:01, Blogger Jeff said...

Don't think I'm above all that. I definitely have my moments!


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