HARD WORK WON’T KILL YOU: Work until your knuckles bleed, then work some more. Sure… if you are digging ditches, coal mining, or laying out new sold in your yard under a 100 degree sun, and you work to utter exhaultion…then, yeah…. Hard work might kill you. And, yes, I’ve seen it happen.
But, normal, everyday…hard work, is good for your health, good for your career, and good for your disposition. I retired 19 years ago, from everyday…stead…work. Some of it was “hard.” And, on occasion, even today…I work pretty darn HARD. Not because I have to, but because I want to. I want to do the “very best job” I can do… period. And, if working hard is required, then by darn… I do it.
Last October, the lower floor of my house (along with many others in the area) was FLOODED out, and my back yard was utterly destroyed. Just this week, some 10 months later, I’m laying out new sod (Empire Zoysia) in my back yard. The guys doing the “hard stuff” were working as if they were on vacation. I wanted to set them an EXAMPLE of hard work….so, I became one of them. The supervisor said to his workers… “We can’t let him out-work us…let’s get moving.” I didn’t have to do it… I wanted to do it. It was good exercise, a body-cleansing process, and a meditative opportunity…. All wrapped-up into one. I took advantage of it, and was the better for it. And, it didn’t KILL me.
God tells us to work hard, diligently, and “commit to doing good.” God wants us to succeed, but… “just… talking about it”… will not bring your hard work to fruition.” God tells us to be patient and success will prevail. Being a Leader or a Follower is not in the equation…the point is… to do either at your absolute-level-best, and not to take our responsibilities lightly.
Working hard when we don’t have to… prepares … us to be able to work hard… when we really have to.
We are told in Proverbs 14:23 – All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. An, also in….Genesis 3:19 – By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.