October 5, 2015

31 Days: Work Hard.

Dear Child,

I know you've heard me say it.  Do your best.  Give 100%.  Work hard.  Work before Play.

There's a quote attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola (as well as St. Augustine, go figure!):

"Pray as though everything depended on God.  Work as though everything depended on You."

We live in a society where everyone wants everything free.  Where people believe they have a right to everything--a house, a job, a nice car.  There is some truth in that we do deserve good things just by being a child of God.  But we don't deserve everything free.  There is nothing "free" in this world.  It all costs something.  If it is free to you, someone else paid for it.  If you have a job, then someone else doesn't.

The value of hard work is underrated in today's world.  Everyone wants "something for nothing" or "good things come to those who wait."  Nothing comes to those who wait.

There is value is working hard.  In accomplishing things on your own.

Doing good for the sake of others.  They go hand in hand.

When you work for an income, or in order to accomplish a task, you are working for more than your own selfish needs.  Oh sure, you need new shoes.  Or you would like that new fangled contraption.  But your work in itself accomplishes something beyond you.  And when you do it with a servant's heart, you accomplish much in the kingdom of God. You touch those around you who might not know God yet.  Blessed Mother Teresa says, "The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it."

What's the takeaway?  Work is worthy.  Work is good for you.  It builds character.  Ask your Dad or your Mom about their work history.

Ignatius also said, "Go forth and set the world on fire."  Let's see you do it.

Ora et labora,

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