Col. Glen G. Joerger often walks up to airmen and asks what they tell their children about their jobs.
The cargo-hauling work of the Charleston Air Force base is not always thought to be the most exciting job in flight. Airmen might tell the soon-to-be retiring commander that they compare their work to delivering parts for an auto supply store.
Joerger always responds, "From now on, you tell people that you save lives."
During Joerger's 19 months as the base's top commander, he has become known as a motivator. Fellow airmen say they will miss his infectious passion when he leaves the base next week.
Chief Master Sgt. Melvin Willis, who recently retired, said airmen see how excited Joerger is and can't help but become motivated themselves.
"He is the most passionate man I've ever known," Willis said.
Willis has seen Joerger give the "saving lives" talk many times.
"He wants to make sure everyone understands how important their job is," Willis said.
Retiring base commander known as a motivator
By Jessica Johnson (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
When you're changing a dirty diaper in the church nursery on someone elses child, it's easy to lose sight of what your really doing. It's easy to answer the question, "What are you doing?" with, "Changing another diaper." I want to challenge you today to look past that limited perspective. I want you to see that you could actually be honoring God.
Commander Joerger had a similar challenge in trying to motivate others. His solution is right-on: Remind them that they're "Saving lives."
That's huge! When I see the relevance of what I'm doing with my life, it motivates me. That's why a student struggles in high school-he doesn't see the relevance. Put him in shop or mechanics class and he excels. Why? He can see that excelling in mechanics helps him restore his '65 Mustang convertible or get a job at the local Jiffy Lube.
Christopher Wren once asked an unhappy bricklayer what he was doing. He answered, "Laying bricks." He then asked another bricklayer, who seemed to be having the time of his life, what he was doing. He answered, "Building a cathedral for God." It's all about perspective.
I want to live life with the right perspective. That's tough to do and even tougher to maintain. But when I'm doing a menial task I want to do it with the right attitude and effort. I want to remember I'm doing it to invest in others. I want to remember that whatever I do I can do it in such a way that God gets the glory. I pray for God's grace to do just that.
Does your perspective need an overhaul? How will you change it today?