It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.
Henry David Thoreau
It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think He must prefer quality to quantity.
Pearl S. Buck
Purposeless activity may be a phase of death.
Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.
It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Spurgeon often worked 18 hours a day. Famous explorer and missionary David Livingstone once asked him, "How do you manage to do two men's work in a single day?" Spurgeon replied, "You have forgotten that there are two of us."
To have God do His own work through us, even once, is better than a lifetime of human striving.
Dorothy L. Sayers
Work is not primarily a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or should be, the full expression of the worker's faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental, and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.
S. Truett Cathy
If you wish to enrich days, plant flowers; if you wish to enrich years, plant trees; if you wish to enrich Eternity, plant ideals in the lives of others.
Vincent van Gogh
Job profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck; your profession is what you're put here on earth to do - with such passion and such intensity it becomes a spiritual calling.
“ What do people really get for all their hard work?” Ecclesiastes 3:9
“ The fool won't work and he almost starves. But he feels it's better to be lazy and barely get by than work hard….” Ecclesiastes 4:5-6
“… He is always working, never satisfied with the wealth he has. For whom is he working so hard and denying himself any pleasure? This is useless, too—and a miserable way to live.” Ecclesiastes 4:8
1. WORK IS GOD’S IDEA
“ God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.’ ” Genesis 1:28
“ But Jesus said to them, ‘My Father never stops working, and so I keep working, too.’ ” John 5:17
2. WORK SUPPLIES MY NEEDS
“ We were not idle when we were with you ... On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:7-8
“ If a man will not work, he should not eat!” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
“ If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8
3. WORK DEVELOPS MY CHARACTER
“ Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much ... If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches ...” Luke 16:10-12
“… And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own.” Luke 16:10-12
4. WORK ALLOWS ME TO BE GENEROUS
“… (We) must work, doing something useful with our own hands, so that we may have something to share with those in need.” Ephesians 4:28
5. WORK IS AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS
“ Make it your aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and earn your own living ... In this way you will win the respect of those who are not believers.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
6. WORK GIVES ME SELF-RESPECT
“ Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” Proverbs 22:29