What St. Francis Said About Excellence in Your Work
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
Paul said in Colossians 3:23-24
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
We are each made in His image and created to do good works. The question is whether we are going to put in a half-hearted effort or give the task at hand our very best. Those who put our hands, head and heart into our work are like the artist who wants others to be captivated by the beauty of the art. But unlike an artist who only wants the public to admire his work, we are called to seek to please the Lord Christ. His approval is the only one that truly matters. So here are a few tips to become us become our best:
- Always finish the task you were hired to do.
- Always be the first to inspect your work to be sure it is done at the highest standard.
- Always guarantee your work. If it does not meet the desired standard, commit to stay after the task until it is excellent.
This simple habit will not only help you in the work you are doing today, it will prepare you for the promised rewards from the Lord Himself.
Proverbs 22:29 says, “do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings….” And I would add, those who work skillfully to please the Lord will stand before the King of Kings.
Originally posted on Crown.