‘Those who work hard will prosper.’ Proverbs 13:4 NLT
Author and motivational speaker Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones tells the story of a man who dreamed he’d inherited a million dollars. In the dream he tried to take a shower, but the shower wouldn’t work. He tried to shave, but his shaver wouldn’t shave. He tried to make breakfast, but the coffee wouldn’t perk and the toaster wouldn’t toast. He went to get a newspaper, but the newspaper box was empty. He went to catch the bus to work, but the bus didn’t come. Finally, after waiting an hour, he saw a few people. ‘What’s going on here?’ he asked. ‘Haven’t you heard?’ they replied. ‘Everybody has inherited a million dollars and nobody’s working anymore.’ Suddenly the man woke up, discovered that it was all a dream, and said, ‘Thank God!’
So he went and had a tremendous shower, a tremendous shave, a tremendous cup of coffee, and a tremendous piece of toast while he was reading a tremendous newspaper. Finally he caught a tremendous bus to a tremendous job! Thank God today for the job He has given you, and put your very best into it. Your position and salary would most likely have been a dream-come-true for some of your ancestors. You may not be called to ‘the ministry’ per se, but if your job affords you the privilege of being a solution to somebody’s problem and offers you the dignity of making a difference in life, be grateful. Imagine what your life would be like without it! ‘Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.’
SoulFood: Nahum 1–3, John 4:39–54, Ps 41, Pro 24:5–6
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