Soul Food for Friday: Words for Work

As we celebrate Labor Day weekend this weekend, I thought it would be good to look at words for work to feed your soul and my soul.  May these words lift up your work, your passion for who God has made you to be, and the difference you make as you use those God-given gifts for His glory and the benefit of others.

“Whatever you do, do it so well that people looking on will feel that the task was reserved especially for you by God Himself.” — Dr. Benjamin Mays

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” — George Carlin

“Work is good, provided you do not forget to live.” — Bantu Proverb

“I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through believers in the work place.” — Billy Graham

“Most of the good work in the world is done by people who weren’t feeling all that well the day they did it.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If I just work when the spirit moves me, the spirit will ignore me.” — Carolyn Forche

“An enjoyable job is like the fountain of youth.” — Mike Thomas

“If you hate your job, don’t worry. You won’t have it long.” — George Allen

“Doing it the hard way is always easier.” — Murphy’s Paradox

“To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?” — Katherine Graham

Christ Lutheran Church where I love to work!

“First find something you like to do so much you’d gladly do it for nothing; then learn to do it so well people are happy to pay you for it.” — Walt Disney

“Your work is a very sacred matter. God delights in it, and through it, He wants to best His blessings on you. This praise of work should be inscribed on all tools, on the forehead and the faces that sweat from toiling.” — Martin Luther

“My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.” — Indira Gandhi

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” — Sam Ewing

“Good things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln

“I think the harder you work, the more luck you have.” — Dave Thomas

“Choose work you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucius

“The best preparation for work is not thinking about work, talking about work, or studying for work: it is work.” — William Weld

“I don’t have anything against work. I just figure, why deprive somebody who really enjoys it?” — Doobie Gillis

“Even a mosquito doesn’t get a slap on the back until he starts to work.” — Vern McLellan

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work.” — Thomas Edison

“Tomorrow is Labor Day, I suppose set by an act of Congress. How Congress knew anything about labor is beyond me.” — Will Rogers

“Take your work seriously but yourself lightly.” — C. W. Metcalf

“The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.” — John Ruskin

“We have become a generation of people who worship our work, who work at our play, and who play at our worship.” — Chuck Swindoll

“We must not grow weary of doing little things for the love of God, who looks not on the great size of his work, but on the live in it.” — Brother Lawrence

“Our work is the tangible expression of the invisible reality that the power of God is at work in our hearts.” — Chuck Bentley

“If work were nice, the rich would not have left it to the poor.” — Haitian Proverb

“Just as there are no little people or unimportant lives, there is no insignificant work.” — Elena Bonner

“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.” — Mark Twain

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle

“It’s not what a man does that makes his work sacred or secular, but why he does it.” — A. W. Tozer

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” — Elbert Hubbard

“Now I wake me up to work, I pray the Lord I will not shirk. If I should die before the night, I pray the Lord my work’s all right.” — Second Verse of “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”

So what words motivate you to celebrate your work and keep working this Labor Day weekend?


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