No Substitue

A few years ago one of my sons was working at a summer job and on one hot day his boss had him out in the sun pulling weeds. I don’t know anyone who would enjoy that work but he is particularly adverse to it. He complained that they wouldn’t let him use Roundup – a herbicide – to kill the weeds. Work smarter not harder, he would say. That is true but eventually you’re going to have to pull weeds. They’ll either be dead or alive. At some point there is no substitute for getting your hands dirty and doing the work.

Perhaps you remember the old (1990 United Airlines) commercial where a manager calls his sales team in and starts passing out plane tickets. They’ve been working smarter not harder and they’re losing business. Face to face, person to person is how business gets done. At some point there is no substitute for getting out there and doing the work.

Last week, after many hours using multiple tools to make the job easier while breaking up fallow ground, I finally had to get on my hands and knees and get in the dirt. No tool or gadget was going to get all the clumps busted and the grass out. At some point there is no substitute for getting your hands dirty and doing the work. This is true of any endeavor. If it’s worth having, it’s worth the work. God says ‘You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart (do the work) I will be found by you.

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