Janet has her own cleaning service; for years, she had no trouble gaining enough clients to run a successful business because of her work quality. As her business expanded, she hired another worker, and that’s when the problems began. When Janet cleans a room, it is immaculate, but with her new employee Justin, it was not the same. She showed him the cleaning materials to use and demonstrated what “right looks like.” At first, she thought his cleaning lapses merely required on-the-spot corrections. But Justin’s work continually languished. He responded with excuses when she would point out deficiencies rather than learn and improve. After three frustrating months, she had to let him go.
Jimmy Buffett once said, “Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care.” In one sentence he precisely illustrated the great sin of apathy. Bodie Thoene noted that “Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand.” Any person with passion and purpose understands what a threat it is to be surrounded or partnered with those of an indifferent ilk.