What do people really work for? Money? Security? Service? Family stability? Social recognition?
We can go on and on with the many reasons why people choose the kind of work they do. Some are motivated by the desire to serve others in spite of the low pay or the lack of it. Some work to simply savor the joys of doing work, as in the arts or in religious service. For others, much money as well as the chance to spread around the blessings it brings pushes them on to work at their jobs. And there are others who do not care about the money but simply work as long as they are able to bring something to the family table.
In general, however, people work and do not care much about what they can contribute to the lives of other people. They may work in a shoe factory and realize what they do somehow affects or benefits the lives of other people; but they have no illusions of causing great changes in the lives of others. Nor do they have the desire to reach out to the people they serve to find out how they may make their lives better.
Most people simply work and find simple satisfaction in knowing that what they do is valuable; but what matters at the end of the day is the pay they receive after their work is done. It does sound depressing although it happens millions of times throughout the world. Only a few people go out of their way to find ways to make more money so that they can bring more benefits to others or create difference in the lives of people they may not know.
Money, after all, is merely a tool. Even without much of it, a person can still cause great changes in the way people live. Unfortunately, in the modern world, it is quite impossible to reach out to people without the financial capability to feed, clothe, employ, teach or heal people. Charitable institutions ask for donations in order to pursue their noble work. Writers and musicians have to sell their works so that they can create more works of beauty.
Whatever a person does in life depends on his or her deepest motivations in life, whether it is for money or personal gain or for duty or service to others. The color of money is as varied as the intentions of the heart. But we can certainly try to judge the color of people’s hearts by the kind of work they do, the kind of money they make, the kind of lives they live and the kind of lives they influence.
Meir Ezra has shared his knowledge and insights on work and money to numerous people who attend his seminars at Guaranteed Prosperity. Do visit his website and learn more about his practical seminars.