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I’m listening to Ray’s podcast (one of my favorites) episode #231 because Ray persuaded me to click the link to listen. It was an awesome e-mail. Here it is:
I love the TV show Dirty Jobs.
It’s the only reality show I ever watched with anything resembling consistency.
Every week, Mike Rowe, the host, rolled up his sleeves and “got dirty” with people doing jobs that nobody wanted to do – but they were jobs somebody had to do.
Measuring the depth of sewers.
Wrangling deadly snakes.
Horse breeding (need I say more?)
Blood, pain, puke, and poo.
Mike Rowe discovered something interesting while doing the show. People who were doing the dirtiest jobs are often happier than people doing the cleanest, highest-paying jobs.
As in… the guy using a giant vacuum to suck crap out of septic systems, happier than most CEOs.
How is that possible?
The septic tank guy says he loves his work precisely because nobody else wants to do it. And he helps people. And he’s good at it.
Mike Rowe thinks that’s the secret of the show’s success. He says Dirty Jobs is actually a tribute to the nobility of useful work.
I think, going a level deeper, we see the common denominator: serving other people well.
And that’s something we can all do, whether we are knee deep in pain, puke, and poo… or elbows deep in balance sheets, quarterly reports, and board meetings.
It’s about serving.
Here’s the surprise: those who serve hardest often get paid most.
They are certainly, almost without fail, happiest.
It ain’t about how dirty your hands are. It’s about how clean your heart is.
Jesus had the dirtiest job of all.
Think about it. (Even if you’re not a “believer”… you can think of this as a bit of crazy allegory…)
Pretend you’re in Heaven, watching from “behind the scenes”.
Jesus, the Son of God, is right there, living in paradise, making art out of galaxies (or whatever Jesus was doing “up there”).
One day God the Father sits down and sighs.
“Son, I’ve got a dirty job for you,” God says. “I need you to hang up your God-powers, become a human, and wallow in their filth for 33 years. Then you’ll have to let them humiliate, torture and kill you.”
Imagine Jesus saying, “Um, why, Dad? That does not sound fun.”
“Well that’s the thing, Son. You get to serve them and save the whole human race – past, present, and future.”
Now Jesus grins.
“Dad, now that sounds fun. It’s a dirty job, but I’m in!”
Lest you think I’m being blasphemous, the Bible does say that Jesus “endured the cross for the joy set before him.”
What’s my point?
You might think I’m crazy, and you may be right…
But I think Jesus is alive today, active in the world, and vitally interested in your job. I think He wants to HELP you with your job or business.
Foolish? Maybe. But I have been a fool for lesser things,
Your work doesn’t have to be a “spiritual” job, or a “Christian business”, either.
It can be a dirty job. Even sucking the crap out of septic tanks.
How can you possibly get the help of the Creator at your job?
That’s the question I’m exploring on this week’s podcast, with my guest, Andy Mason of Bethel Church in Redding, California.
Andy is helping people in all kinds of businesses…
From folks baking pizzas for prisoners in penitentiaries, all the way up to top hedge fund managers.
From bakers to billionaires.
He’s helping them partner with God in their work.
And the results?
Miracles in the workplace.
You have to hear it to believe it.
Turns out no job is too “dirty” to be redeemed.
Even if you’re knee-deep in blood, pain, puke, and poo … or elbows-deep in balance sheets, quarterly reports, and board meetings.
To Your Prosperity,
PS – Even if you think I’m nuts, at least give me credit for this: I just worked a reality show, excrement, two Billy Joel references, and a loosely-interpreted Bible story into a single email.
PPS – Yes, there really are two Billy Joel references in this email, big shot. (Okay, maybe three.)
PPPS – Go listen to the podcast, already!