Tuesday, July 19, 2011

QT-10014: Romans 12: 4-5 (Division of Labor)

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

It's been a long time since I've made an addition to the series of Quiet Time. Once again, I ask your forgiveness. I think it is great and timely that I discuss something about division of labor. 

So what is Division of Labor?

Whereever you look, there is always a division, there is always a group. At work, we are designated on a group called department (eg. Information Technology, Human Resource, etc..). Our task at work depends on our skill or the job description we are hired for. Like in a restaurant, there is the cook, cook's helpers, the waiter or food servers and cashiers and they all share the same group but different tasks. They all depend on each other's performance and if one is not performing properly the whole group's performance maybe affected.

In a church, the pastor/priest/rabi or the leader is the one who is leading it but they also have members with different tasks. Members like for example their music ministry, catering or food ministry, ushers, elders, etc... All of these contribute to one goal and that is to spread the word of God, enlighten and to inspire each other. All are working for the work of God.

In this society, we belong to a group called family. And whereever you go, family will always be with you, it may be physically, mentally or spiritually. If one does not perform well, it could also affect the whole family. Unlike our jobs at work, the labor we do in a family don't depend on our skills, it depends on our capacity and our reliability. As a husband, it doesn't mean that he'll only do man's tasks and as a wife it doesn't also mean she'll only do woman's tasks. If one can do something, they do it regardless of whose task is it -if the situation demands it.

In our current situation, me and my wife are trying our best to make all things work even if the two of us have different jobs. We used to have a helper at home to take care of Ize and do some chores but now most of the Pinay maids went home to our beloved country. It was due to the petition of Saudi Arabia and their demand to lessen their salaries and make their maximum monthly salary of $200 ceased/halted our government in sending domestic helpers here. And now that help is hard to find, we must both depend on each other.

I work in the morning from 9-5pm while my lovely and pregnant wife works at 2-10pm. And since there is nobody to look after our son, I go home for lunch at home and bring my son with me at the office. It is a good thing Ize is a good boy and is not a hassle in the office. My wife does the laundry, ironing of clothes and cleaning the house while I cook at night for me and my son's dinner and lunch for the next day and I also do the dishes and some cleaning. It may not be a man's job but it is a parent's job. It is not an agreement between the two of us, we just do what we must do and that is Division of Labor.

Sinigang na Bangus that I cooked awhile ago. Kain tayo!
It is not sharing the burden but it is sharing responsibilities. Above all these things, we work to make this household better with love and understanding. After all, we are a household of faith and God is the head of our family.

God bless you all.


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