Story Monday: A Job Half Done/Going Through the Motions

There is a strong desire in most, if not all, of us to give our best in what we do. Color me naive, but I don’t think many of us purposefully set out to do anything half-way – or “just enough”.

Unfortunately, I think we’ve all been there. Worn-out, frustrated, or the task at hand just isn’t “important enough”. Whatever the excuse, we don’t give it our all. We do the bare minimum required to finish the job, so we can move on to bigger and better things – or to clear the mountain of tasks ahead of us.

I hate to admit it, but I know I’m guilty of this on more than one task in my life.

Here’s the problem with doing the job half way, or just “enough” to finish it: somewhere, at some point, someone will suffer for it.

Now, that’s a bit dramatic. I hear you. I understand. But think about this: How often have you heard someone say – or you said yourself – “they just don’t make ’em like they used to.”

We buy products today that don’t last for long, for a great many reasons, and we throw them away because it’s cheaper to buy new rather than repair what we have. We do this, because these products are made cheaper, faster, and in greater supply. However, our satisfaction with them – whatever they may be – is lacking.

Frustrating, yes, but am I suffering? No?

Let’s take this further.

My job. I’m a technical writer. I write manuals that tell people how to fix things. Expensive things.

I spend a lot of time fixing manuals that were made with the minimum amount of effort required. And, the customer isn’t happy. In this game, if the customer isn’t happy, everyone suffers. Everyone.

A job half done, or done without any pride in workmanship, can affect the people around us in profound ways. I find myself surrounded by such workmanship professionally, and personally. I know the consequences, and the cost is too high.

I may grumble about how someone’s minimum effort affects me on a large scale, but what about my efforts? Am I really doing my best, or am I “going through the motions”? Do I really need a large scale wake-up call again? No, I don’t think Matthew West, the singer above, was doing a half-way job before he faced surgery and the possibility of never singing again. But, he did ask himself about his efforts and his motivations.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

What about you? Has a job half done, or done with the minimum effort, affected you recently? Or, what about your own efforts? Are you giving it your all, or just getting things finished so you can move on?


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