day 3K172: “I Was Just Doing My Job”

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”

I was listening to a podcast where the guest was one of the passengers on the flight that Captain Sully Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River.  I have been fortunate to have met the Captain a few times and even had a lunch with him. I found him to be very humble and very grounded, but it was reinforced to me on this podcast when the passenger thanked him after the flight and Sully just looked at him, shook his hand and said, “I was just doing my job.”  Imagine a world where even the most celebrated among us were to just humbly approach all things as “I was just doing my job”.  That would be some special world.  And, if we could have a company filled with those types of people?  That would be some special company.

Maybe we are at our best when we just focus on doing our own jobs and not getting caught up in the comparison to others of how we are doing, or stacking up. If we can just keep ourselves focused and fixed on the job to be done then it might be that we are respecting the talents that God has given us.  There is nothing to be gained in bragging or building up ourselves. It’s better to just be someone who goes about just doing our jobs.

Reference: Galatians 6:4 (New Living Translation)