David Magallanez collects trash. No, he isn't some artistic bon vivant turning trash into treasure. He clears away other people's refuse on a daily garbage run in San Antonio. And he loves his job.
After finishing college, David could have gone many directions, but he followed his father and uncle into a career as a garbage man. And like them, he proves the meaning of service daily. David says, "If I've done my job well, people don't even know I'm there."
This is Howard Butt, Jr. of Laity Lodge. David Magallanez sets a terrific example. Neither job title nor position earns a person true stature. But in any field, dedication in serving others exemplifies the high calling of our daily work.
A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
We tend to value work based on either how much money it earns or how much prestige it carries with it. Is that how God sees it? The Gospels seem to suggest otherwise.
We constantly see Christ taking on the role of a servant. This may not mean that we should all be in the service industry, but it at least points to something we should bring to all of our work, no matter what we do: love and humility. Doing our work well, in order to serve God and others. Sounds like a pretty good definition for vocation to me.
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