Wages and more Cons

I received an advert on one of my social media feeds: it promised £5k-10k for 45 minutes' work. Now that sounds like a pretty good annual wage to me. One can only admire the poster for taking time out of his £15,000-per-hour job in order to share this wonderful opportunity with us poor folk. If, like me, you suspect it is really a con, you might take a moment to wish well June Sarpong, the BBC's Director of Creative Diversity. She earns £267k a year for three days a week, which is  £106k more than the Prime Minister. This sounds like a con as well, but this time at the license-fee payers' expense. 

Salaries and wages are a strange measure, but by them we judge each other and assess value. Some refuse to work for the national minumum wage because they are worth so much more. I have heard one pastor bragging about his annual salary as being comparable to a chief executive, because, after all, that is what he really is. Even many worldlings will conceed that wage-income is not the most important thing to have; they downsize and move to remote Scotch isalnds to enjoy simpler, care-free existence. Yet even this is not really good enough. Life without money, wifi, commutes and hassles is still not satisying. Go back and ask an eighteenth-century farm labourer or denizen of the Third World. Only life with Christ is the life worth living. If you long for more pay, a bigger salary, nicer perks, you will only be disappointed. 

His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. Song 5:16

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