Sloth Destroys Character
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
If you’d like a surefire formula for tearing down your character, here it is: do everything you can to avoid doing an honest day’s work. But if you’d like a proven formula for building character, do your work with vigor, dedication, and enthusiasm.
You’ve probably heard the advice since you were a child: ‘Give the boss an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.’ But sometimes, you’ll be tempted to do otherwise. Why? For starters, no job is perfect’and that means that your job isn’t perfect, either. So, from time to time, you’ll probably become upset with your job, and it is during these times, when you’re frustrated or upset, that you’ll be tempted to gripe, to waste time, and to do little else. Avoid these temptations they’re self-destructive.
Even if you’re planning on quitting your job tomorrow, give your boss a full day’s work today. Otherwise, you’ll be developing a very bad habit: the habit of giving less than 100%. It’s a character- destroying trait, an easy habit to acquire and a difficult habit to break.
If you’re looking for folks to waste time with, you can probably find them just about anywhere’including your workplace. But if you’re looking for a meaningful life (not to mention a career that you love), make up your mind to be the kind of person whose work speaks (in glowing terms) for itself. When you do, you’ll discover that when you give your best, you enjoy work the most.
The worst thing that laziness does is rob a man of spiritual purpose. Billy Graham
The only cure for laziness is to be filled with the life of God. Oswald Chambers
Work is such a beautiful and helpful thing, and independence so delightful that I wonder why there are any lazy people in the world. Louisa May Alcott