Read 2 Kings 11:1 through 13:25

Travis was less than enthusiastic about the yard work his parents had asked him to do. It would take up most of Saturday. That morning while his parents were away Travis decided to sleep in till noon. Afterward he decided to text message his friends and watch some TV. Before he knew it, the day was almost over. He sloppily mowed the yard, did a poor job of weeding, and tossed the flowers into the ground without watering them. When his parents arrived home that evening, they viewed their yard with disappointment.

Travis could have chosen a good attitude toward his lawn work. The effort his parents wanted from him this one day was nothing in comparison to the work and sacrifice they had done for him. But like King Jehoash of Israel who only struck the ground three times before quitting, Travis lacked the enthusiasm to see the job done right. The prophet Elijah was angry at the king’s lack of persistence, and prophesied that his success in defeating his enemy would be limited (2 Kings 13:19).

Let us choose a good attitude in performing work. Let us perform it with gladness and persistence.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to remember that all work I do is in Your service. Let me do it with gladness.

Quicklook: 2 Kings 13:15–19

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