I remember my Dad telling me about a guy who said to him,

. My Dad explained that he worked 12 hours a day for 5-6 days a week for 10 years – “that’s how I was so lucky”, he would respond. Dad was a depression baby and not only understood the value of hard work – he practiced it. It is interesting in our current culture how people can tend to explain away someone’s good circumstance as good luck and their personal poor situation as bad luck. Early on, I wanted to teach my kids the value of working hard. I knew that once you got out of college no one cared about your grades – a boss wants to see what you can produce. To their credit, they have practiced a good work ethic and have received the benefits.

I have discovered this good luck idea has strangely found it’s way into Christian circles as well. It’s not called good luck – it’s called God’s blessing. I will be the first to say that anything of any value in my life is a result of God’s blessing. Most people I know who have had some success in ministry – give God the credit. Yet, too often, those who have not achieved what they hoped or experienced what they believed they should – say it wasn’t God’s will. Under closer inspection, many of the under achievers have not paid they price that those who “are blessed” paid. They haven’t been willing to discipline themselves for the godliness. Paul challenged Timothy to hard work when he said:

 

2 Timothy 4:7-8

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”