Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. Proverbs 12:24
Dave grew up in a hardworking, honest, God-fearing home. He was studious and had big dreams for his future. He wanted to make his parents proud and studied hard hoping to improve their life and perhaps buy them a home in a more stable neighborhood.
His parents always believed in his future. Fortunately, Dave was eloquent and wise beyond his age, and got a job as a Copywriter at Hans Press, a prestigious and internationally known company.
Dave rushed out of his car and ran toward the patio where his parents were relaxing in the cool of the day.
“Mom, Pa, I got it! This is so amazing. You’re looking at the newest member of Hans Press”.
Mrs. Lodly smiled, looked to heaven, and murmured a prayer. “Son, we are so proud of you. This is the beginning of your harvest”.
“Yes son, you did it. We are glad to witness your hard work paying off,” said Mr. Lodly.
The Journey Begins…
He started working the following week. His supervisor Leon had been working with the company for 10 years.
As a copywriter, Dave’s work needed Leon’s approval. Hans Press clientele were prominent software and tech companies and the pressure was high. Copywriters must know the companies and their products, writing skills alone were not enough.
Dave spent half of his time doing research, educating himself. In two years working for Hans Press, he created hundreds of advertisements, brochures, and catalogs, yet only 10% of them were published under his name.
When Hard Work Doesn’t Seem to Pay off
During weekly meetings, Leon gives updates about successful projects and thanks Dave for his hard work. But never mentioned that the updated write-ups were Dave’s initial work. Instead, they were under Leon’s name. When asked, Leon says that he made major changes that the director liked, so the final print was under his name.
“It was good but I felt like something was missing. So, I cleaned it up. Good job, Dave. One of these days I’ll give you some counsel on the heart of copywriting”.
When the Time is Right, no one can Stop You
One day, Dave and Leon were out of office but the director needed some documents. He went to Dave’s workstation to print them, and while searching for the documents he noticed files and folders with familiar titles. Out of curiosity, he opened one that happened to be the latest project submitted under Leon’s name.
“Wait a minute, this can’t be right. There’s no way Leon would take Dave’s work”
He opened another, then another and another. He rushed to his office – papers flying, murmuring and wide-eyed like he had seen a ghost. The director compared Dave and Leon’s files and collapsed into his chair in shock.
Several employees had reported Leon stealing their work, but because of his tenure and friendship with the director, there were no major investigations.
Leon came back from lunch and was asked to report to the director’s office. When confronted with his actions and a demotion, he burst into tears, but recommitted to hard work and diligence in the future.
Dave returned to work the following day to find a promotion waiting for him. Dave was thrilled and thanked God for rewarding his own diligence, but learned that he needed to be aware of his gullible nature.
The Moral of the Story
I wonder how many times you ask yourself when your work will be noticed, you will get the promotion, or when you will get the followers you “deserve.”
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens Ecclesiastes 3:1
No matter how long the night, daybreak must come, so I am certain your hard work shall not be in vain. Whether the reward comes now or later, be sure that your heavenly Father who sees what you’re doing in secret will reward your diligence.
Mind you, it may not be how and when you wanted, but if you keep the faith it will come one day as it did for Dave.
I just wanted to encourage all of us to keep doing our best, trust God’s timing and remember that hands of diligence shall rule over lazy ones.
Thank you for reading. Stay encouraged in all endeavors, your Father sees all your hard work. Stay Blessed Always!