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Let me tell you a story about honest labor. There was a boy named Harry who worked for a Scottish shoemaker named Dan. It was his chief responsibility to pound out and dry leather for shoe soles. It seemed an endless operation to him, and he wearied of it many times. "What made my task worse was the fact that, a block away, there was another cobbler shop that he passed and as I looked in the window, he often noticed that this cobbler never pounded the soles at all, but took them from the water, nailed them on, damp as they were."


One day he ventured inside and timidly asked, “I notice you put the soles on while still wet. Are they just as good as if they were pounded?” He gave the boy a wicked leer as he answered, “They come back all the quicker this way, my boy!” The boy related the instance to his employer and suggested that he was perhaps wasting time in drying out the leather so carefully. The honest cobbler stopped his work and opened his Bible to the passage that reads, “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.”


“Harry,” he said, “I do not cobble shoes just for the four bits and six bits that I get from my customers. I am doing this for the glory of God. I expect to see every shoe I have ever repaired in a big pile at the judgment seat of Christ, and I do not want the Lord to say to me in that day, ‘Dan, this was a poor job. You did not do your best here.’ I want Him to be able to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’” (H. A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth, Moody Press, 1945, pp. 37-39)

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