'THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT IS RIGHT AND JUST AND FAIR.' PROVERBS 2:9 NIV
It's not easy to maintain a strong work ethic when you feel overworked, underpaid and under-appreciated. But that's the point at which your character is tested and developed. Having a work ethic means, a. doing what you don't feel like doing, in order to achieve the results you want; b. paying a higher price than others for something worthwhile; c. standing up for your principles when someone is trying to knock you down.
In his first novel, author and Nobel Prize-winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote about Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, a political prisoner in a Siberian labor camp. Shukhov is forced to build a wall in weather 20 degrees below zero. As it gets darker and colder the foreman gives the order to hurry the job by throwing leftover mortar over the wall instead of using it, so they could be finished for the day. But Shukov wasn't made that way,' wrote Solzhenitsyn, telling how the man resisted the order, determined to finish the job right. Eight years in a prison camp couldn't change his nature. He worried about everything he could make use of about every scrap of work he could do nothing must be wasted without good reason. The foreman yells at him and then hurries away. But Shukhov and if the guards had put the dogs on him it would have made no difference. He ran to the back and looked about; 'Not bad.' then he ran and gave the wall a good look-over, to the left, to the right, his eye as accurate as a carpenter's level , straight and even. Only then did Shuklov stop working. So, measured by Shuklov's standard, how's your work ethic?
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: 2 Kings 21-23, Luke 1:67-80, Ps 144:1-8, Pr 14:1-4