My friend Aimee gave the women of our congregation a wonderful lesson on Sunday. It was about the eternal principle of work. Work is something I have thought a lot about lately. Which is funny given this quote I just read.
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. ~Author Unknown
Looking at the quotes on the internet today allowed me to hang myself. I am guilty. I admit it. I think too much and work too little. Especially at times when I am under a lot of stress. Maybe I should say that I eat too much and work too little. That might be more accurate.
I thought that you all may enjoy some of my favorite quotes about work.
Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it. ~Author Unknown
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison
The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ~Author Unknown
I am also attaching this cool little video. It's inspiring. And let's face it, I need some inspiration so that I can get off this computer, put the oreos away, and get the laundry done.
For those of you not familiar with the Latter Day Saint (Mormon) culture, watch until the end when this kid goes on his Mormon mission.
Think about what it would be like to send your kid off for two years knowing you would only be able to talk on the phone twice a year. And tell me that your mom heart doesn't just burst into tears.
Inspiring people of my faith work and sacrifice every day.
First of all, every position in our charge is filled by lay ministry (for lack of better terms). Nobody gets paid.
Our Bishops (equivalent to Baptist pastors) work full-time jobs, are married and usually have kids, and administrate and shepherd the whole congregation.
We currently have over 50,000 full-time missionaries
serving 18mo-2year missions all around the world.
And they work so very hard.
I know because I was one of them.
We worked every day from 6:30 in the a.m. until 9:30 in the p.m.
The schedule was grueling.
Even on the Sabbath, missionaries didn't get rest from their full-time missionary service.
We would take 8 hours of one day a week to accomplish
letter writing, grocery buying, laundry doing, and apartment cleaning.
We were lucky to sneak away an hour or two for actual rest, which I would usually try to find some kind of physical challenge. I was very happy when I had companions who liked to hike or play volleyball or basketball.
I need to rediscover the work ethic I had back then.
Of course the only picture I have scanned is when I wasn't actually working. Hey, but at least there are no oreos in the photo. Even though my vest and white shirt getup is making me obsess over the creme filled centers.
Man, I am stressed out. It's no wonder why I am avoiding work. I don't want to do it.
I wonder why we could never get this guy to come to church with us. Check out his resemblance to Jesus.