Work Advice...


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The Lord has given to every man his work. It is every man's business
to do his work, and the devil's business to hinder him if he can. Be sure
as God has given you a work to do, Satan will try to hinder you if he can.
He may throw you from it; he may present other things more promising;
he may allure you by worldly prospects; He may assault with slander,
torment you with false accusations, set you at work defending your
character, employ pious persons to lie about you, editors to assail you,
officials to accuse you, and excellent men to slander you. You may have
Pilate and Herod, Ananias and Caiaphas, all combined against you, and
Judas standing by, ready to sell you for thirty pieces of silver; and you
may wonder why all these things come upon you. Can you not see that
the whole thing is brought about through the craft of the devil, to draw
you off from your work and hinder your obedience to God?

Keep about your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not
stop to stone the devil's dog; do not fool away your time chasing the
devil's rabbits. Do your work. Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let
corporations resolve, let editors publish, let the devil do his worst; but
see to it that nothing hinder you from fulfilling the work that God has
given you.

He has not sent you to make money. He has not commanded you to
get rich. He has never bidden you defend your character. He has never
set you at work to contradict that which Satan and his servants may
start to peddle. If you do these things, you will do nothing else; you will
be at work for yourself, and not for the Lord.

Keep about your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. Let the
world brawl and bubble. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted,
slandered, wounded, and rejected; 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."

~Dr. H.M.S. Richards