The thrill of achievement is only experienced by those who are willing to work for it. On July 1, 1898, Col. Teddy Roosevelt became famous for leading a cavalry regiment known as the Rough Riders in a charge to capture Kettle Hill from Spanish soldiers in the Spanish-American War. In this pivotal battle, the Rough Riders left their horses behind and advanced on foot toward the enemy. Working closely with nearby regiments, the Rough Riders secured the hill and won the victory.

One thing is certain of those men that momentous day: they were hard workers. They demonstrated that “work” will forever be associated with the words, “victory” and “success”. They were the kind of men who knew that the only place where “success” comes before “work” is in the dictionary.

Contrary to the opinion of some, work was not part of the curse God placed on Adam and Eve for their disobedience. Genesis 2:15 makes it clear they were put in the Garden of Eden before the Fall “to dress and to keep it”. God actually intended work to bring a measure of fulfillment. Your work, however great or small, is significant because it is what God gave you to do.

The smallest deed is greater than the greatest intention. You may serve as a nursery worker, secretary, school teacher, or business executive. If you set out to perform every task faithfully, God will bless your work and make you a blessing to others. Even if you are not on a mission of enemy conquest, you can experience the same feeling of satisfaction at your achievement if you have worked well.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. — Theodore Roosevelt

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder