I have found that few things compare with the deep satisfaction that comes from a job well done. I’ve also tasted the opposite: at the beginning of my work career I gave half-hearted effort to whatever job I had, and reaped nothing but dissatisfaction and unhappiness with circumstances and self.

Listen to what Mohandas Gandhi (Indian leader and prime minister) has to say about satisfaction: “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory.” And here’s a quote by John Wooden, basketball coach and author: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

So how does one get to taste this deep and gratifying feeling of satisfaction? The first part of the answer is easy: it’s spelled HW, which stands for hard work. But Christian workers have the capacity for even greater satisfaction when they recognize the need for God’s blessing on their hard work, pray for this blessing, and when they receive it and success comes, give God the glory. Then they have the added satisfaction of knowing they have participated in what God has done—and that they have pleased Him by giving Him the glory.

This didn’t happen in my life for many a year. Yes, I prayed and worked hard, and God blessed my hard work and gave me much success—which I then chalked up to personal effort and clever decisions. I don’t do this anymore. I still give my work my total effort, I still pray for God’s blessing, and still receive it; but now I give Him the glory, and that adds to my satisfaction. Dear Christian, do likewise and taste deep and rewarding satisfaction.

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.            —Galatians 6:4