Sunday, April 22, 2012

Worst Jobs of 2012

I saw this article that just published their list of the 10 worst jobs for 2012. Here they are. Also, since it is not on there, I assume No Job doesn't count.

1. Lumberjack- Fells, cuts, and transports timber to be processed into lumber, paper, and other wood products.
2. Dairy Farmer- Directs and takes part in activities involved in the raising of cattle for milk production.
3. Enlisted Military Soldier-From serving food in the mess hall to fighting a battle on the front line to avoiding land mines along the path to a village, the duties a soldier carries out have very different levels of responsibility. (Surprising)
4. Oil Rig Worker- Performs routine physical labor and maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, both on and off shore.
5. Reporter (Newspaper)- Covers newsworthy events for newspapers, magazines, and television news programs.
6. Waiter/Waitress- Takes customer orders, serves food and drink, and prepares meal checks.
7.Meter Reader- Monitors public utility meters, and records volume of consumption by customers.
8. Dishwasher- Cleans the plates, glasses and silverware used by patrons of an eating establishment, and the pots, pans and cooking utensils used by chefs.
9. Butcher- Prepares meat for sale to distributors, supermarket customers, and other consumers.
10. Broadcaster- Prepares and delivers news and related presentations over the air on radio and television.

What do you think? Any surprises? What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Book Review: Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson

Book Review: Batterson, Mark. Wild Goose Chase.

The title of Mark Batterson’s book, “Wild Goose Chase” caught my attention. I discovered that it’s inspired by a Celtic Christian name for the Holy Spirit , An Geadh-Glas, or 'the Wild Goose.' In this book, Batterson addresses the topic of the Holy Spirit and it role in the adventure of pursuing the God Almighty.

Here are a couple of quotes from the book:

     "Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time." And I know that is unsettling but circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure."

      “We’re waiting on God while God is waiting on us!”

     “Some of us live as if we expect God to say, ‘Well thought, good and faithful servant!’ or “Well said, good and faithful servant!’ God is not going to say either of those things. There is one commendation and it is the by-product of pursuing God-ordained passions: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” 

His main point is that we who named the name of Jesus are too comfortable with the safe and familiar. So, he spends all his time in this book encouraging us to choose the wild and unknown even though it goes against everything we may have experienced thus far on our own faith walk.

One of the most helpful parts of the book is in the review section at the end of each chapter. There you find questions to help us take a risk (or two) and step into an adventure.

Overall, the book was a quick read, with not a lot of new thoughts, but ideas that serves as a good reminder.