Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ethics in the Workplace

From Ravi Zacharias Let My People Think.

Three principles that I have to keep as ethics, remember that these things will always happen in the midst of person who is working and have to do something.

1. Anything that refreshes you without distracting you from, diminishing or destroying your final goal, is legitimate pleasure in your life.

What is the purpose of my life?
What are things that distract me from that?

What is sin?
John Wesley was taught this from his mother.

"Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself."
   -- Susanna Wesley (Letter, June 8, 1725)
2. Any pleasure that jeopardizes the sacred right of another human being is an illegitimate pleasure.

We are called to treat the neediest of this world with respect, it begins at home, and moves into the workplace.

3. Any pleasure however good, if not kept in balance will distort reality, or destroy appetite.

Lead a balanced life.
If you stay working after closing time, get your spouse permission that you can work overtime.
Works can easily be an escape. We hide and run from greater responsibility, run away from those who we need to be with.

The conclusions:

1. All personal pleasures and enjoyments are bought at a price. For the legitimate pleasure you pay it before the pleasure, for the illegitimate, you pay it after the pleasure.
2. There is a place of pleasure. And the closer you come to the pure pleasure and enjoyment, the closer you are to the heart of God.
3. The greatest pleasure of all, is to become a man and woman who knows what is it to worship the living God.

Think and try this!

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