Archie Rhines I’ve notice paydays are more fun if you have a job. Otherwise, jobs are really overrated. I had a job once, but the boss kept wanting me to do stuff that wasn’t fun. ~just sayin’
That is true Ann. I just came from a health care patient who I was hired to help. I would have done it for free. I love the guy and feel for the situation he finds himself in.
But now says he has too many expenses to pay me. I find my estimation of jobs confirmed by you and circumstance… It would have been better with no expectations of pay.
This seems to be an on-going problem in Christian circles – and I agree with you entirely, Archie.
A friend of mine, a Christian counsellor, frequently finds this among her clients. Once their problems are seemingly resolved they think they can forget about paying – and this is her only means of income. When I did a lot of speaking to Christian (and other) groups, the leaders would ask me in advance what I thought they should pay me. I said, “Whatever you feel God is prompting you to give” … and of course, there was the occasional group that, well, just didn’t pay. I struggled with that at times as I always put a considerable amount of time into preparation. Yet I must say that, in the end, there were enough generous payments to balance the ‘freebies’.
The thing is, you don’t mind when you know at the outset that it’s a voluntary thing you are offering to do. It’s when you’ve been led to believe that it is an honourable transaction of services for money (or other payment), yet the outcome turns out differently!
It helps us to understand some of the problems faced by the early Church in their experiences of community living.