“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:19
This Bible verse has always motivated me to persevere and do things to the best of my ability. So often I squander my talents, not really caring all that much about what I’m doing, more eager to find a comfortable situation than to really strive toward excellence. But then I’ll read a verse like this one, and I’ll realize that it’s better to be the kind of man who really cares about the work he does, even if the work seems mundane, just for the principle of the thing. Perseverance is often rewarded in the end. People who take the time to strive toward excellence will serve before kings and have their talent recognized. That’s a comforting thing to know.
It’s so easy to just settle for good enough, working just to live and make end’s meet. But I don’t want to live like that. Life is short, and I don’t want to spend the whole of my life pouring my effort into things that I don’t really care about. I want to strive toward excellence and perseverance in the hopes that the work of my hands will one be recognized and rewarded.