Stick with Your Work

22 09 2008

In both life and ministry, it is easy to get distracted and lose sight of whose work we’re really doing.  Years ago I came across this wonderful and anonymous quote.  I have returned to it again and again to remind me of where my focus is to be.  I hope it encourages you today and helps you keep your eye fixed on the prize and your hand to the plow!

Stick with your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone the devil’s dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits. Do your work.  Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let critics malign, let enemies accuse, let the devil do his worst; but see to it nothing hinders you from fulfilling with joy the work God has given you.

He has not commanded you to be admired or esteemed.  He has never bidden you defend your character.  He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood (about yourself) which Satan’s or God’s servants may start to peddle, or to track down every rumor that threatens your reputation.  If you do these things, you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord.

Keep at your work.  Let your aim be as steady as a star.  You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded and rejected, misunderstood, or assigned impure motives; you may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends, and despised and rejected of men.  But see to it with steadfast determination, with unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being until at last you can say, ‘I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.’

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3 responses

22 09 2008
Frank Emrich

Hey you didn’t come across that quote, I gave it to you! Seriously however, those words could not be a better reminder during these difficult days, brother! Thanks for being such a great encouragment and fellow laborer!

23 09 2008
Dave

Most of what I found online attributed this quote to H.M.S. Richards. I’ll see if I can find a reference for you.

23 09 2008
Ryan

I came across the quote in the book Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry. It is found in the opening chapter written by Richard Mayhue and he cites it as anonymous. For the record, the book was given to me by the most reverend Frank C. Emrich.

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