Thursday, May 31, 2007

happy, happy, happy

According to a survey released by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, clergy experience more satisfaction in their jobs than any other career (87% of us are satisfied). Second place are firefighters (80%), then physical therapists (78%). None of those three jobs are particularly well-paid, so money is not a good indicator of job satisfaction. Firefighting is dangerous, the ministry not. Ministry is mental. Firefighting physical. Ministry requires independence and leadership. Firefighting requires team work. So what's the common factor? The possibility of making real, concrete difference in people's lives. In a word, it's about salvation. Ministry and firefighting are about saving lives. And that's very satisfying.

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