Just about every animal I can think of except for the sloth gets involved in work of one sort or another. You’d be surprised to learn how far some animals will go to get their jobs done.

I want to share part of an article I once read about the hen.

Hard work means nothing to a hen. She keeps on digging worms and laying eggs, regardless of what the business forecasters say about the outlook for this or that of any given year. If the ground is hard, she scratches harder. If it’s dry, she digs deeper. If it’s wet, she digs where it is dry. If she strikes a rock, she works around it. If she gets a few more hours of daylight, she gives a few more eggs. Success means digging.

We ought to be working like hens at our spiritual growth. What do you think would happen if we kept serving Christ and obeying His Word, regardless of what others said or thought about us? We’d have so many dedicated Christians we’d turn the world upside down. But when the ground of life gets hard, dry, or wet, we often give up. When we run into an obstacle, instead of digging around it, we complain because God allowed something to block our progress.

If we want to succeed spiritually, we have to learn to persevere. Maybe you were doing really well in your Christian life, and then you failed the Lord. Now you feel like quitting. Everybody will fail at one time or another. But when you get down, you have to get right back up and keep digging. Don’t chicken out. Keep digging like a hen.

The differences between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, nor a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder