work is work. PERIOD. A job is not something to be enjoyed. It's something people do for a paycheck. The paycheck allows them to survive. What people love is what they do AFTER work. Some people work at something they don't really enjoy, but it makes them rich and leaves them miserable.
It's not only in America where people live for the weekends and rejoice when Friday arrives. I find a lot of people, here in Africa, despise their job. Survival is the prevailing value. Looking for love is found somewhere beyond the borders of work. "Many people talk about pursuing their dreams, but very few are willing to risk much to make that dream happen." (Phil Cooke in One Big Thing)
I was one of those people who was willing to delay the pursuit of a dream in exchange for a regular paycheck. I can never forget the lunch my wife Pam took me on more than 10 years ago. She gently asked me five probing questions throughout our lunch to which I had miserable answers. The solution was to give up doing some of the things I was doing because I had too many irons in the fire. In retrospect I gave up the things I loved for the stability of a paycheck.
My transition came in 2005. Next Generation Ministries was in the birth canal and we began renting a house in Jinja, Uganda. We were off and running in the direction of our dream. Today our masthead reads A River of Relationships Connecting Resources To Needs. It is a description of what we do, but not why we do it. Our purpose has been, is,and always will be to equip, empower, encourage, and release the next generation into their identity, vision, and purpose.
|Electricity come to Bukeeka|
|Connecting power to homes in Bukeeka|
Though Robert doesn't need me to advise him, encourage him and empower him these days he refuses to forget his beginnings. He sometimes tells me that if I had not been there in the early years of his pursuit he could not have survived. My goal was to help him find who he was, where he was going, and why he was put on this earth. I believe I was made to empower people. I love empowering them, one person at at time, and I get paid a salary to do it!
|Joseph hanging lights in a classroom|
I love connecting people with resources to people with needs. But, my passion is to help people with needs and people with resources discover who they were made to be and help deposit courage in them to pursue what they really love.
Dead end jobs are not jobs with small salaries. Dead end jobs are jobs we don't love with a passion ... regardless of the amount of income they generate. Many of us may need to abandon the values of comfort and convenience in exchange for the risk of pursuing what we love and what we believe we were made to do.