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The Most Important Job in the World!

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I have found the most important job in the world. It’s people oriented. No experience necessary. On-the-job training. Full-time; and I mean really full-time.

But there is no benefit package: no vacation time, no sick days, and no personal days. The job is thankless, tiring, and demanding. You’re always on call, there’s always plenty to do, and never enough time to do it. And there’s no chance for advancement.

Oh, and by the way, there’s no pay—at least not monetarily.

Doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? But it is the most important job. Countries have risen and fallen on the shoulders of this occupation. Heroes and villains are the products of the trade.

Let me explain. Even though there may be no money to earn, the pay is priceless. And even though there may be no benefits, the perks are out of this world.

The job? A potter. That’s right, a simple potter. You’re given a formless lump of clay and your one duty is to mold it into a masterpiece.

You work around the clock (I said it was full-time) and have the rest of your life to finish the job (did I mention there’s no retirement?). Your tools consist of gentle kisses, comforting words, and a caring touch.

This is the most important job in the world so you are expected to take it very seriously. In fact, the clay should become one of your top priorities. You must make sure it is properly handled. Neglect will cause it to harden. Love will keep is soft and pliable.

Any questions? Oh, the pay—simply the satisfaction of seeing your clay take form, experiencing the results of your hard work and careful sculpting.

The perks? Molding a little hand to hold yours. Smoothing a round cheek to softly kiss. Gently repairing nicks in the knees and elbows. Forming a sweet little mouth to say, “I love you.”

So what do you think? Are you interested? Oh, one more thing, only women need apply.

And I forgot something. You also get a title: Mommy.

Happy Mother’s Day!


About michaelkingbooks

I write stories of faith and family, love and loss, heartache and triumph. Here I blog about faith, relationships, and genuine living.


6 thoughts on “The Most Important Job in the World!

  1. Right on!

    Posted by friartuckerx6 | May 10, 2012, 8:44 am
  2. The most rewarding and important job in the world.

    Posted by Linda | May 10, 2012, 3:15 pm
  3. This was beautiful. I sent this personally to my niece who is expecting her first child at any time. She is 31 and finally getting her dream.

    Posted by Terri Conrad | May 11, 2012, 9:46 am
  4. Mike,
    this is so sweet. I just read it to my mom. Did you write this?

    Posted by thepottersclayhsa | May 13, 2012, 7:25 pm

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