Religion Today: Cubicle World
Guest Writer Spotlight: Cubicle World – Richard Lewis
I lived in a Cubicle World and where I worked at Boeing, there were lots of cubicles just like you might see in a Dilbert cartoon.
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When you first come to work at Boeing you might get assigned to share a cubicle with another person. After a few years you might get your own personal cubicle, which was the lofty state that I advanced to after working at Boeing for 7 years of my total of 17 years.
If you became a manager, you would get a 30% larger cubicle where you can hold meetings with 1 or 2 people without everyone bumping into each other.
Then after a few more years you might be rewarded with a cubicle near a window so you can actually see sunlight and not just be illuminated by flickering florescent tube lights – half of which have been turned off to save electricity. And eventually if you stay there 30 years and are a really valuable person, you might get to leave the cubicle world altogether and have your own office and the ultimate status symbol: A four-foot plastic rubber tree plant in the corner!
Now, I’m obviously poking fun at my work and of course these days we are all very grateful if we have a job. We go to work and jump through all kinds of hoops to make our bosses look good. But in contrast, God measures us by a different standard than our human employers and rewards us with a different reward than a mere pay raise and a nicer cubicle.
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His standard is faithfulness
Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
His reward is eternal companionship
John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
I’m so glad that He hasn’t gone to prepare us a cubicle but instead a place that allows us to be in His presence forever…
Richard Lewis is a graduate of Arizona State University (Advertising) and California Baptist University (Computer Information Systems). Richard and his wife Sue met while they served as staff members at Campus Crusade for Christ for 8 years in the 1970’s. Richard served in the Campus Ministry at University of Texas at El Paso, Louisiana Tech and at the International Headquarters in San Bernardino, California.
Following their ministry in Campus Crusade Richard was the owner and manager of a bicycle shop in Riverside California for 19 years. After retraining in the computer field at California Baptist University, Richard worked as a Information Systems contractor and employee at Boeing for 17 years. Richard has written over 150 published articles in Information Systems and Computing publications including Windows Magazine and Windows Scripting Solutions. Richard has served in a leadership role as a Deacon and Elder in several churches as well as being a meditation presenter and Men’s Ministry coordinator.
Richard has written hundreds of meditations and devotionals that have been used in church and small group meetings. Many of these have been published in The Upper Room and Racers For Christ publications and on their web sites.
In 2021 Richard published a collection of his devotionals. These are available in a Kindle and paperback format on Amazon (ISBN 979-8705738878) “Life Stories to Uplift and Encourage”.
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