In 6 of 52 Weeks of Gratefulness, I give thanks for lessons from my father about work.
No one in the world works harder than my father, Rev. Paul Luckett. No one.
I remember when my Dad was a student in seminary, he was a full time student, paying his way through school as a custodian for our apartment building in Atlanta, Georgia, pastoring two churches and driving between school in Atlanta and the churches in Jackson, Mississippi every weekend.
I remember spending countless summer days with him and my little brother Nehemiah Luckett, cutting yards, painting houses, buffing floors, hanging shingles, etc.
My youngest brother James recently told my Dad, “Whew, you’re a hard worker, Daddy. That’s a good thing to be. But, don’t you think it’s time to go home now?”
With my Dad having such a strong work ethic, naturally he had lessons to pass along to us. Here are a few I hope to pay forward:
A want is something you work for. A gift is something you’re given.
No one is obliged to give you what you want –or anything for that matter.
If there’s something you want that you feel you’re owed, it’s no longer a gift but wages.
Wages require that you be hired. To be hired requires at least an informal contract that’s been expressed for work in exchange for wages.
Are you feeling like someone owes you something? Well, were you hired for the task that you think you’re owed for?
No one owes you for work you weren’t hired to do.
And, no one owes you for being a ‘good’ person. If your goodness is contingent on being compensated for it, you’re not a good person but a faker-for-hire.
Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. If anyone gives you anything, be grateful -you don’t get to place demands on a gift. If you have demands, if you want something, work as hard as it takes to get it. Wants aren’t owed but earned.
This is treasured wisdom from my father that is still ministering to me today. Thanks, Dad. I’m grateful. #52WoG