“Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:29
It is important for us to take pride in the work that we do. Whether we are doing a chore around the house or our homework, we should do a job that we will be proud of. If we excel (do a really good job) in these things, when we get older we will excel in our jobs. When we do our best and give the extra time and effort to do quality work, our teachers, parents, and others will notice it.
Even if they do not notice, we should take personal pride in our fine work. If you are involved in sports, art, music, or any other activity that requires much practice, you know that when it comes time to play the game or perform for others, you will only do well if you have prepared well. We often say, “practice makes perfect.”
People who practice hard and take pride in their work may be rewarded with trophies or medals, high grades, or certificates. Even if they are not rewarded in this way, the efforts will develop good habits in their lives so that they will excel in their work and be recognized as good workers.
I remember working with many people who tried to do just enough work to keep their jobs but no more. They were not respected by their bosses or their fellow workers. Those who try their hardest are respected for their good work. Let that be said of you!