Proverbs 14:23 “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

Where did you learn your work ethic from? I learned mine from my dad. My dad never did anything halfway. He always took the time to do a job right. He could fix anything. If he didn’t know how to fix something he would learn how. Often times growing up, I became his laborer. He would pull up a chair and tell me what to do and then sit back and drink his cup of coffee and make sure that I did it right.

Over the years, I’ve tried to get away with half-baked solutions at times and when they fall apart, I can always hear my dad saying, “If you’re going to do a job then you better do it right.” The older I get, the more I just bit the bullet and do it right the first time. Even if it takes longer.

Work is hard. That’s a consequence of the curse. “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food.” Genesis 3:17-19. But in that hard work, there is a reward. There is a certain feeling that only comes at the end of a hard days work. A certain satisfaction and sense of worth.

I feel sorry for those who have never had to work hard. Hard work molds and shapes your character and creates a dependence on and hunger for God. We live in a day and age of instant gratification and easy access to whatever we need. “When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.” With all the conveniences and technological advancements that we have, it is harder and harder to find people with a good work ethic.

All hard work brings a profit. Remember that the next time your thinking about going only halfway on a job.