What Kind of Worker are You?
King Solomon is accepted by most scholars to have been the richest man to ever live and the wisest man to have ever lived. He studied science, philosophy, and the world religions. One of the universal subject of life that Solomon focuses on in Ecclesiastes is work.
Eccl 2:22 So what do people get in this life for all their hard work?
Solomon says there are two extreme responses to this question: The first response is the work avoider – THE LAZY PERSON. This guy doesn't want to do anything. He's allergic to work. He doesn't believe in it. it's against his religion to work. He doesn't want to be involved.
Eccl. 4:5 (TLB) "The fool won't work and he almost starves. But he feels it's better to be lazy and barely get by than work hard."
The other extreme is THE WORKAHOLIC. This guy won't stop working. He doesn't know how to stop. He keeps working and going. That's all he thinks about, that's all he talks about. His whole life is wrapped up in his work.
Eccl 4:8 His is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing.
Which of these two extremes do you tend to lean toward? Do you tend to be an overworker or an underworker? Do you tend to always do more than expected, more than you need to do or tend to get by on as little as possible?
Solomon says it's not how much we work, but how we work, that makes a difference. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon says there are six characteristics of successful people.
- Work ENTHUSIASTICALLY
- Work with INTEGRITY
- Work SKILLFULLY
- Work EFFICIENTLY
- Work COOPERATIVELY
- Work PERSISTENTLY