Audio / Produced by The High Calling


An industrious little creature lives in pastures all over Texas. Always busy, moving stuff from place to place, this guy is constantly working. I’m talking about the Texas Dung Beetle—the tumblebug. You may have seen one of them pushing little piles across the ground.

Texas artist Garland Weeks captures the work ethic of the tumblebug: “You just keep moving this stuff around all the time to get ahead in life.”

I’m Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Not all labor has an obvious goal or immediate reward. At times we do things just because it’s our duty, or because it’s right. Though occasionally we may feel like human tumblebugs, rest assured. The smallest task done in God’s name, or in obedience to him, underscores the high calling of our daily work.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

(Col. 3:23-24)