|The Tireless Trudge
Which is the most trying part of the journey? One will argue for the initial steps on setting out. Another will contend stoutly for the final stage of the pilgrimage. In his autobiography, Mark Rutherford says, ‘neither the first nor the last, but rather what lies between.” The first is usually helped by the excitement and promise of new beginnings, and the last by the prospect of triumph. If you are feeling the weight of the long and unromantic trail, take heed to the words of the prophet Isaiah, who under the inspiration of God said, “they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for
with ardor and attended to with diligence. ~Abigail Adams
While the yoke of the Lord Jesus is easy and His burden light, nevertheless the furrow that He calls us to undertake is not always by any means easy plowing. There is no yoke that fits so smoothly and handily as His, but there is no work that requires more steady trudging and persistent faithfulness than His.
Three stages of that work are strikingly set forth by Hudson Taylor when he says, "Commonly there are three stages in work for God: (1) Impossible, (2) Difficult, and (3) Done!"
Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great. --St. Francis de Sales
It behooves us to accomplish what God requires of us, even when we are in the greatest despair respecting the results. --John Calvin (1509-1564)
Ladder of Achievement
Success slips away from you like sand through fingers, like water through a leaky pail, unless success is held tightly by hard work, day by day, night by night, year in and year out. Everyone who is not looking forward to going to seed looks forward to working harder and harder and more fruitfully as long as he lasts. --Stuart Pratt Sherman
100% -- I did.
90% -- I will.
80% -- I can.
70% -- I think I can.
60% -- I might.
50% -- I think I might.
40% -- What is it?
30% -- I wish I could.
20% -- I don't know how.
10% -- I can't.
0% -- I won't.
The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, that has got no work cut out for him in the world, and does not go into any. For work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that every beset mankind -- honest work which you intend getting done. --Carlyle
I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not break down from overwork, but from worry and dissipation. --Charles Evans Hughes
In idleness there is perpetual despair. --Carlyle
When God wanted sponges and oysters, He made them, and put one on a rock, and the other in the mud. When He made a man, he did not make him to be a sponge, or an oyster; He made him with feet and hands, and head, and heart, and vital blood, and a place to use them, and said to him, ? Go to work!? --Henry Ward Beecher
Men are naturally tempted by the devil, but an idle man positively tempts the devil. --Spanish proverb
God never calls a lazy, disgruntled man to a job which requires the finer qualities of real manhood. Every worker may make the commonest job an immortal task. --Charles Stelzle
Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other. --Henry David Thoreau
I have so much to do (today) that I should spend the first three hours in prayer. --Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Christ never was in a hurry. There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over what might be. Each day's duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God. --Mary Slessor
All problems become smaller if you don? t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble. --William S. Halsey
Make a Dust
My son, remember you have to work. Whether you handle pick or wheelbarrow or a set of books, digging ditches or editing a newspaper, ringing an auction bell or writing funny things, you must work. Don’t be afraid of killing yourself by overworking on the sunny side of thirty. Men die sometimes, but it is because they quit at nine p.m. and don’t go home until two a.m. It’s the intervals that kill, my son.
The work gives you appetite for your meals; it lends solidity to your slumber; it gives you a perfect appreciation of a holiday. There are young men who do not work, but the country is not proud of them. It does not even know their names; it only speaks of them as old So-and-So’s boys. Nobody likes them; the great, busy world doesn’t know they are here.
So find out what you want to be and do. Take off your coat and make dust in the world. The busier you are, the less harm you are apt to get into, the sweeter will be your sleep, the brighter your holidays, and the better satisfied the whole world will be with you.