Hard Work

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” Eph 6:7

The story is told of a jockey who won more races than anybody else. When asked how he did it, he said before every race he went into the stables and read this poem to his horse: “Roses are red, violets are blue, horses that lose are made into glue!” Fortunately, God doesn’t take that approach with us! But since he was the first employer in the universe, His Word has a lot to say about the responsibilities and rewards of hard work. “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” (Eph 6:5-9)

If you’re the boss, Andrew Carnegie offer the following insights: (1) Organize. Always make sure you have the right person in the right slot. (2) Deputize. Don’t micro manage. Give a man or woman full authority to do the job you hired them to do, then give them the freedom to do it. (3) Supervise. You don’t get what you expect; you get what you inspect. (4) Recognize. Good workers are hard to find. if you want to keep the ones you’ve got, recognize and reward their efforts.

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