Wednesday, January 13, 2016
She also reflected on a distinction that had once seemed unimportant to her. When a person gives a poor man shoes, does he do it for the poor man or for God? He should do it for God, she decided. The poor will often be ungrateful, and you will lose heart if you rely on immediate emotional rewards for your work. But if you do it for God, you will never grow discouraged. A person with a deep vocation is not dependent on constant reinforcement. The job doesn't have to pay off every month, or every year. The person thus is performing a task because it is intrinsically good, not for what it produces.
-David Brooks, The Road to Character, as excerpted from the chapter dedicated to Francis Perkins