Whether or Not You Feel Like It
There is an old Harvard legend that on campus one day, the beloved Dean LeBaron Russell Briggs asked a student why he failed to complete an assignment.
The student answered, "I wasn't feeling very well, sir."
"Well, Mr. Smith," said Dean Briggs, whose own health was marginal, "in time you may find that most of the work of the world is done by people who weren’t feeling very well."
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Of course, incapacitating illnesses can eclipse our work—and at times we must protect our health with unbroken rest. Dean Briggs' point was for this student to learn to master his own moods. The responsible person does not need to "feel like it" to finish a task . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."