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Ask God for the best path

Here's something you might not be able to figure out on your own: When you're being paid by the hour, it's best to work hard.

Some people don't get that. They think: I've got a job that will take 3 hours if I work hard. I'm getting $10 an hour, so I'll get $30. But if I take it easy, I'll get $40 instead, because it'll take me an hour longer.

Some people don't understand that hard work has its own benefits, in addition to the pay. When you work hard, you get stronger. You gain skills. You learn better processes. You have more chances for advancement.

That doesn't happen as often when you're slacking off.

When Logan and Jake Paul had a lawn care business, they worked at a pace that made their wages seem unfair - it was obvious they should have been paid more for the work they were doing.

If you work as hard as they did, you will get benefits beyond the pay you receive.

You may also get complaints. Some people may say, "Don't do so much. You're making the rest of us look bad." If you're in a group that doesn't want to work hard, you'll probably be happier if you find a group that will challenge you to be better instead of trying to have you be mediocre.

Of course, working hard doesn't benefit you much if you're on the wrong path.

Ask God for insight into what path would be best. Then go for it.

God, help us to see the best path. And thank you for helping us to work hard without complaints. We praise you. Amen.