Part 2: The “B” Working Blessing

News Update:  I took a bit of a break this past week due to an ongoing illness I have had.  A great big thank you to all who have been praying for me to be well again!!!!  I am finally feeling well enough to work again.  Speaking of working,  I am a day late on my work ethic post.

Proverbs 10:4 – He becometh poor that dealeth [with] a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Proverbs 13:4 – The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

There are 4 different types of workers: 
“A” worker-sees what needs to be done and does it
“B” worker-asks for work “What can I do next?”
“C” worker-has to be told to work
“D” worker-avoids workThe interesting thing is that any one person can be an “A”, “B”, or “C” worker at different times in their lives.

Today we will focus on the Second type.
The “B” Worker:
I like to think of “B” as the second runner up.

  • The “B” worker is always on time and ready to work.  They do not like to stand by idle. 
  • The “B” workers are eager for the task.  So eager they will ask “What can I do next?”  
  • “B” workers are valuable members of any work place because they both work hard and they have a good attitude.
  • “B” workers never lack for work.
  • They have a desire to do things the employer’s way.  
  • “B” workers like to be useful and needed at all times. 
  • They like to finish a task in a timely manner.

One of the greatest qualities of a “B” worker is that they ask you “what next?”  What employer could complain about a worker that completes a task and asks for more work?  What parent could complain when their child asks them what job they can do next?  None, I can assure you!  I would rather have a person ask me, “Is there anything I can do for you?”, than for me to have to see them sitting there doing nothing after they finish a task.

While the “A” worker has the confidence to just jump into a job doing it their way, the “B” worker does not want to step on anyone’s toes.  They have a sense to ask first in case they should step over their bounds.  When you are a “B” worker you see an “A” worker working their tail off and you want to assist in some way.  You notice they could use some help but you do not want to take the lead so you ask them if they need help.

How do you train yourself to be a “B” worker?
Get in the habit of asking what you can do to help or what you can do next.  It is simple.  When you see others working, walk over and find out if they need any assistance.  Most people appreciate the “B” worker because they are willing to lend a hand.My biggest word of advice for learning how to be a “B” worker  is 
“B” willing to help.

“B” flexible~ “B” a blessing:
I can be an “A” worker, but I would say I am also a “B” worker.  When I am home or running a business with our family, I am an “A” worker.  I am working hard to find jobs for the children, planning meals, cleaning, doing what ever needs doing around the house.  Being a wife, you can sometimes take on an “A” role, and other times the “B” role because you ask your husband what you can do to help him.

When I work for someone else, I try to be as inventive and creative as possible.  I prefer not being told what to do.  I love doing a really good job and making it so my employer does not have to work as hard to come up with all the ideas, but sometimes people do not like my ideas.  I have to submit to their way.  If my first attempt is not well received, I become the “B” worker blessing.  I ask how they would like it to be done, and I make it happen.  If I am flexible to meet whatever the need is, I become even more valuable of a worker.    My employers are glad that I am willing to run with their visions.

The “B” worker is an asset to any home or work place.

How to train a child to be a “B” working blessing:
Every time you are working, keep the child working by your side.  Talk with them while you are working and invite the questions that the work may bring.  If they feel comfortable asking questions and working with you, they are learning to be helpful in so many ways.  When my children were little, I had them sitting with me at the table cutting up a salad.  They would ask, “Why do you cut it like that?” or, “Why do we need to eat salad?”  I would answer their many questions by saying,
“Look at this pretty green lettuce!  It is so bright.  The brighter our food is, the more alive it is and the healthier it is for our bodies.  When we cut it up, it makes a nice salad for us to eat.”  If I give a 2 year old a butter knife, some fresh lettuce, and their very own cutting board while I am working on my own cutting board, they are learning to help. Learning to help is the essence of the “B” working blessing! 

Whether it be baking, cleaning, folding the wash, planting a garden, pouring in an ingredient, or stirring the soup, children enjoy the fellowship of working with their parents and in so doing they are learning to “B” useful and productive.

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