I was raised with this mandate … “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” My parents drilled that into our way of life. Therefore, not regarding the worth of the job we were getting ready to do, we were determined to do it as well as it possibly could be done. I recall a time in my early teenage years when I went to Kentucky for a month to help with a children’s summer camp. My job was to “clean” the outhouses on the property. Now, honestly, this was not the best job I have ever had, but it needed to be done properly. If you do not clean an outhouse properly, everyone will know it in just a matter of a day or two when the temperature is in the 90’s. I set out to clean those outhouses as good as they had ever been cleaned in the past.
Words of wisdom from Proverbs 18 say, “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster” (Proverbs 18:9). “Slothful” is not a word we use a great deal today, but it means that a person is lazy. Every now and then, I like to have a “lazy” day where I do not drive myself as hard as I usually do. This kind of lazy day should not be a characteristic of my normal life. I want to be a person who is known as a hard worker. I want to have the reputation of finishing what I start. When I show up for a job, I want people to think … “now the job will get done right.”
This kind of work ethic does not come naturally to any of us. This is a learned behavior. According to this verse, if we are lazy in our work ethic, God says we are also wasters. I don’t want to be guilty of wasting anything that God gives me, including my time and energy. We are living in a time in the history of the world that demands that we work while we have the opportunity to work. We never know how long we will be able to do the things we think are important. There are many people who have lost their jobs in the past few years. They realize now how valuable that job was to them. Don’t wait too long to appreciate the work you get to do. Do it with all your might.
Be careful not to become spiritually lazy in these days we are living in. There is so little time left to do the things God wants you to do with your life. Don’t waste a moment! Use the opportunities you will have today as though it is the last day you will be alive. Not working hard equals wasting time. God has given you this day … use it wisely!
“Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be” – Og Mandino