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As unto the Lord

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Thousand Hills, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Thousand Hills

    Thousand Hills Active Member

    Oct 3, 2010
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    Colossians 3:22-25 22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

    I have always took this passage to mean that everything you do, do it as your doing it for the Lord. This has always been my thought when it comes to any job I've ever had. I always try to do my best to provide the best service and put forth my best effort/product. Of course I'm fallen, and make mistakes, but generally I'm not only working for a paycheck so to speak but trying my best to work hard for the Lord, and do what I do with integrity.

    Regarding the now closed thread about church crowds at restaurants, I think I am a bit naive at times to think that my server should put forth the same effort whether they size me up and anticipate a 10% tip or a 40% tip. This goes the same for any business interaction, I would hope that we as Christians hold ourselves to a higher standard, although we realize that the world may not see things this way.

    In the thread about the church crowd at restaurants this statement was made by a poster.

    This struck me as odd, and I ask is this sentiment okay or acceptable for Christian business men/women?
  2. Tom Bryant

    Tom Bryant Active Member

    Apr 13, 2006
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    There are some jobs you don't want as a business man.

    I think once you take a job, as a believer you must do well both for your business sake and, more importantly, for the testimony of Christ. But you don't have to take every job.
  3. agedman

    agedman Well-Known Member
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    Nov 4, 2011
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    There are some situations in which a business and their service folks need to have a certain amount of understanding.

    For instance, to change the typical 1/4 hp condenser fan motor on a residential A/C unit will take a bit more than 30 minutes - that includes taking the old motor out, taking the new one off the shelf in the service van and installing it.

    To diagnose and do a final check on the system requires about another 1/4 to 1/2 hr. So, the whole bill will include an hour labor, materials, and a few minor expenses such as trip charge and tools.

    If the customer is a sweet old lady who has you sit down for tea and cookies while she chats about her sister and can't find the check book, a wise mechanic will either eat the extra expense and out of pocket pay the company, arrange the extra time be part of their morning break, or pad the bill to absorb the extra time on the job and charge for it.

    The believer's responsibility to the company is to be responsible for the customer satisfaction and to return a profit.

    A wise company will not only be a bit flexible when it comes to customer satisfaction, but also understanding of the worker's loyalty.

    To me it seems really stupid for the wait staff of a restaurant to be paid so very little when they have direct first hand contact with the customer.

    If they got paid like the typical HVAC tech (Texas - in the neighborhood of $18 per hour), there would be a whole lot more very satisfied customers and very pleased staff.
  4. Arbo

    Arbo Active Member
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    Dec 4, 2010
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    Though I can understand the sentiment, the cold reality is that higher labor costs mean either higher prices or lower quality. Both bad for a business with a slim margin in a competitive market.