During the summers after my sophomore and junior years of high school, I was given a job at Wisconsin Wheel and Rim where my father was the manager. Each work day we made the 45 minute drive to work and back. My job was was to be a ‘runner,’ doing whatever they needed done.
One day I was assigned to work with an elderly German man. I don’t remember his name but I remember something he told me. While working on some job he tapped my shoulder and told me to slow down. I was wanting to hurry through the job but his words of wisdom slowed me down. He looked me in the eye and said, “Slow down and do it right. If you take your time and make the project perfect they will call you a craftsman. If you hurry to get it done, they will just give you something else to do.” Since we were being paid hourly, it really made sense to me to slow down, especially based on the second part of his statement; they will just give you something else to do!
The way we approach our work in life is important whether or not we are on salary or paid hourly. God’s approach works for both. “Whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord.” Col. 3:23
This does not say everything we do has to be perfect, or even excellent. But it does say we are to put our heart into it. This is about our attitude and motivation more than the finished product. This week, let’s try to work heartily in everything we do!