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(“Therefore my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (I Cor 15:58.) Nineteenth Century author Charles Kingsley suggested that we should “Thank God every morning when we get out of bed because we have something to do …

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The telephone rang in the rectory of a large suburban parish. The parish secretary answered the call. A man’s voice demanded to speak to the pastor. “I’m sorry, he isn’t in,” the secretary said. The now hostile voice inquired, “Oh I suppose he’s out spreading lies.” To which the secretary replied, “No, this is his …

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Age | Bondage | Busyness | Health | Labor | Leisure | Rest | Self | Self Pity | Work

I’M TIRED Yes, I’m tired. For several years I’ve been blaming it on middle-age, iron poor blood, lack of vitamins, air pollution, saccharin, obesity, dieting, under-arm odor, yellow wax build-up, and a dozen other maladies that make you wonder if life is really worth living. But now I find out, tain’t that. I’m tired because …

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Children | Labor | Perspective | Purpose | Reason | Work

BURIED POTATOES A young boy was helping his grandfather dig potatoes. After a while, the child began to tire. “Grandpa,” he asked wearily, “what made you bury these things anyway?” From Sunshine Magazine, August 1973

Children | Example | Father | Humor | Labor | Son | Thankfulness | Thanks | Work

SAVED BY DAD “When I was your age,” the millionaire bragged to his son, “I carried water for a gang of bricklayers.” The son thoughtfully said, “I’m mighty proud of you, Father. If it hadn’t been for your great determination, I might have had to do something like that myself.” Selected, source unknown

Authority | Care | Delegation | Labor | Leadership | Schedule | Stress | Wisdom | Work

SHARE THE LOAD Thousands of years ago, one Chinese city mayor ruled a city. He sat in his office, looking as if he did nothing save for playing his musical instrument and singing songs. However, the city was ruled very well. After a period of time, he retired. Another mayor acquired his position. This person …

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Attitude | Complain | Complaints | Criticism | Ministry | Perspective | Pride | Service | Sports | Work

THE GRANDSTAND PLAYER President John F. Kennedy told this story to the media when they were second-guessing his administration’s policies: “There once was a legendary ballplayer who never failed to hit, who never made an error, who never dropped a fly. Ground balls never dribbled between his legs. He had an arm like a bullwhip …

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Attitude | Detail | Faithful | Faithfulness | Honesty | Honor | Labor | Steward | Work

THE JOB WELL DONE “If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.’” …

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Build | Cheap | Cheat | Compromise | Failure | Labor | Money | Quality | Servanthood | Service | Stewardship | Value | Work

A CHEAP HOUSE Edwin Markham tells the story in his Poem, “The Parable of the Builders,” of a rich man who desired to do good to his fellows. He came upon a poor peasant who lived with his family in a tiny hut. The rich man employed the peasant to build him a beautiful house. …

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