The Lost Sheep and the Work Ethic

My aunt from Lebanon once told me a story about the Bedouins and their new-found oil wealth.

It seems her uncle was a Cadillac dealer in Beirut.

Every few years, Bedouins would show up with piles of cash that they made from their oil wells in the Saudi desert.

They would buy cars 10 at a time and then drive them back home.

If one broke down they would simply abandon it by the side of the road.

Success came too easily.

In contrast is today’s Gospel story about the lost sheep from Matthew 18.

   12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Shepherds, like most of us, don’t have easy lives.

Their work never really ends, since the sheep need protection even as they sleep.

God has plenty of skin in the game too.

His own Son Jesus who died for us.

I admire hard-working people, especially those who have less desirable jobs.

They are good role models for freedom and that which makes America great.

When you see people wasting things, it’s usually because they did not work themselves to gain that possession.

Our hard work allows us to enjoy the little rewards we earn.

Never ever envy those who stumble into success and always honor those proud of the little things they do.

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One Response to “The Lost Sheep and the Work Ethic”

  1. Susan Says:

    Oh, man, James. It’s true that hard work allows us to enjoy the little rewards we earn. I appreciate EVERYTHING because I’ve worked all my life. So, so true.

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