Proverbs 14:23 “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.”
Five times a week I meet with a group of men as we study different principles from the Bible and how they apply to their lives. All these men are locked behind chain linked fences and razor wire, where society has forgotten about them. Their lives are very different from each other but all have one thing in common incarceration. Incarceration to these men means leaving their children, their wives, and their careers. Every week when we meet, these men become vulnerable to each other as they reflect and respond to the principles that we study. I want to share some of their thoughts as they recently studied the principle of Hard Work.
Mark recently wrote of the benefits of the principle of Hard Work.
1. The security that comes from hard work is that we earn a influential position in life. Your hard work will be recognized and you will be valued.
2. The wealth you receive from hard work means more than just having money in the bank, it means also making and keeping healthy relationships.
3. We experience personal fulfillment and happiness when we work hard. I don’t think you can sleep much better or even feel much better when you come in from a hard days work.
James recently wrote…..
There are many advantages to being a hard worker. The boss always likes someone who is willing to go the extra mile. They look to promote them in order to keep them. There are many benefits to being a hard worker such as job security. Hard work and diligence can help to build a self confidence that can lead to future job or career promotions.
In today’s society hard work is not talked about much. People expect to get everything handed to them. Being a hard worker is one of the best qualities we will find in a person. Hard work brings success to our lives, our families, and our communities. There are two attitudes we must avoid. Laziness which closes the doors to opportunity, and the desire for easy money, which can lead you down the wrong path of selling drugs, gambling, cheating, and bribery.
Be diligent, be the best, be fair, be generous, be creative, and be developed. Hard work is in direct relationship to efficiency, quality and intelligence.