I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot lately. Do you realize that the lowest paying jobs are the ones that give back the most?
I’ve put together a list of just a few jobs in America that give back for very little monetary compensation.
1. Mothers staying home
2. Fathers staying home
5. School Janitors
6. Hospice Consultants
7. Social Workers
8. Foster Care Parents
10. Mental Health Workers
11. Administrative Assistants
13. Childcare providers
14. Volunteers for organizations like Hospice, American Red Cross, Hospitals, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens
In just 30 seconds I thought of 14 different jobs that are impacting, providing guidance and hope to people. These jobs are all either at no pay or have very little pay for the hours they spend taking care of others.
When was the last time you wondered how much grit it takes to clean after children, teens and adults? Or, what about the hours of preparation, grading and direction it takes to teach our kids? How about the cancer patients and their families as they hear their loved one is in the last days? Who tells them? Who sits with them? Who gives them hope? And then there are the FEMA workers and the Red Cross who watch as people wander back to their homes only to see the destruction. Who offers a hand, a hug, and a bottle of water? These are the things that matter.
We look at our careers and our salaries as the end all be all. We are happy to have the title of Director, Vice President or CEO. If you put the money, the time and the title into a blender— blended it up, what would you have? Would you be able to say you impacted your culture, the people that looked up to you or provided a product that saved a life? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves.
The most important one being: Are we doing something in our lives that positively impacts another human being?
The parable of the rich man who couldn't give up his wealth is a good reminder. He was a good man who wanted to follow Jesus. The worldly price was too high for him to pay. I admire the list of people I have compiled because they didn't go after wealth they went after a lasting investment. They pursue good to impact others with little benefit to themselves.
I'm challenged, are you? Please take a moment to pray for those on this list, you may even know a few of the selfless people that take their time to make the world a better place. If you feel compelled comment and add to the list.
Be well my sisters!
Mark 10:26 NIV
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."