Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.
- Martin Luther
It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think he must prefer quality to quantity.
- George Macdonald
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose; he has found it, and will follow it! Labor is life.
- Thomas Carlyle
Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures. - Discipline: The Glad Surrender
- Elisabeth Elliot
The material creation was made by God to be developed, cultivated, and cared for in an endless number of ways through human labor. But even the simplest of these ways is important. Without them all, human life cannot flourish.
- Tim Keller
The Protestant work ethic finds its application in many contexts in the twenty-first century. Perhaps the most obvious is the phenomenon of 'faith based activism': religious groups using their faith both as a platform and a guiding principle for social engagement and voluntary work.
- Alister McGrath
There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God.
- John Calvin
Though I am always in a haste, I am never in a hurry, because I never undertake more work than I can go through with perfect calmness of spirit.
- John Wesley
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
- Helen Keller
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.
- Hudson Taylor
The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.
- Thomas Aquinas
Use your work to build your people, not your people to build your work.
- Jack Hyles
Faith gives you a concept of the dignity and worth of all work, even simple work, without which work could bore you.
- Tim Keller
Man appears for a little while to laugh and weep, to work and play, and then to go to make room for those who shall follow him in the never-ending cycle.
- A. W. Tozer
He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
Watch that the grapevine doesn't turn into the gossipvine at your workplace.
- Victoria Thomas Pollar
A job is a vocation only if someone else calls you to do it for them rather than for yourself. And so our work can be a calling only if it is remained as a mission of service to something beyond merely our own interests. Thinking of work mainly as a means of self-fulfillment and self-realization slowly crushes a person.
- Tim Keller
Availability is not the most important factor in employment - teachability is.
- Ed Cole
Work done by non-Christians always contains some degree of God's common grace as well as the distortions of sin. Work done by Christians, even if it overtly names the name of Jesus is also to a significant degree distorted by sin.
- Tim Keller
The success or failure of our work as a church or mission depends, in the last resort, largely, not in the number of preachers we put into the field, nor on the size of our congregations, but rather on the character of Christianity we and our work produce.
- Duncan Campbell