Ah, Field Service. That joy of knocking on a total stranger's doors to try to sell them on your own religious doctrines. Isn't it joyful? Isn't it meaningful? Don't you just love to spend your time doing this each and every Saturday morning- early in the morning-when most normal people are still in bed. Yes, you love it, don't you? You feel good when you put in your field service time... You're part of the JW team!
Well, some of you may. And some may not. Either way, you're OK. You're still a Christian, if you so believe. If you have faith.
If you feel good about your field service and you pretend you like to do it - fine. Don't read further. You probably feel good about it because you have had that message drilled into your head like a jackhammer on a regular and consistent basis by your 'no-we're-not-a-cult-and-you-can-leave-anytime-you-like' leaders. Think about it.
This is where the real brain-washing begins and ends, folks. That's because most of us loathe field service, are basically somewhat shy and would never normally go knocking on stranger's doors, if we did not absolutely have to, would we? Think about it. And have you ever thought about what might happen to you or your family if the person on the other side of the door was a strung-out paranoid crackhead with a loaded gun pointed at you from behind the door? Think about it - you put your life at risk, just like a police officer does, to bring a message to the apathetic, disinterested ones in your territory who just wish you would JUST GO AWAY.
But, there's a way around all this, friends. First, you must study God's word and come to the realization that Jesus' disciples went from house-to-house to prepare the way for him. This was a logistical mission as much as a spiritual one, and it was not the proselytizing that we do now. No, we have developed our own TRADITION friends. Think about it. Remember what Jesus thought about traditions?
Ponder on whether the GB does field service. Guess what - they don't. They hated it.
So, here's what you can do - just write in whatever time you think THEY EXPECT that you are doing. That's it. It's that simple. Give 'em what they want, and don't worry about the facts.
Remember, their calculations brought you 1914, 1919, 1925, 1975, and so on. Give 'em some numbers of your own. Write in 10 hours and do 2 instead. If every JW did this, this ridiculous field service scenario would come to screeching halt and the printing presses would go idle... think about it.
Buy back some opportune time to do the things you never do for yourself. Wax your car. Mow the lawn. Play with your kids. Go to the park. Go fishing. Go shopping. Go to the beach. Surf the Web. Read a good book (non WT). Clean out the garage. Or, just sleep in late.
Of course, you'll still have to show up for the occasional field service meeting. Then tell everyone that you have a Bible study across town, or some return visits to make, and leave and go to the mall. It's that easy.
Buy out some opportune time for yourself. Get back some of those over 1 billion hours
Write in 10 hours this month, even if you did only zero. You can do it. They deserve it. Think about it. Think for yourself this time. It's your life. Make the most of it.
Now, tell me your thoughts on field service...