Sometimes you have to get dirty if you want to get the job done right.
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.–Proverbs 14:4
We’ve heard everyone say, “there are pros and cons to it.” This is kind of how I look at this verse. Oxen are a sizable expense, they cost a lot to feed, you have to clean out their stalls, you have to have shelter for them, and so on. On the other side of that oxen make plowing a field much easier and you can get it done faster, you can haul heavy loads with them, and use them for multiple other jobs.
Many times in life we don’t do something because it’s going to take some extra work, we’re going to have to get dirty. What we don’t always see is the benefit of that extra work or getting dirty. Or we say it is cheaper to buy this tool but if we bought a little bit better tool it wouldn’t break on us. I have a buddy that is always buying cheap tools. He mocked me for buying a $150 drill. I’ve had that drill for 10+ years, he has went through 6 drills. Guess who has actually paid more money in drills? My buddy has.
Sometimes we need the right tool for the job. I remember when I was working on the deck and pulling up the top boards to replace them. There was a nail in the post that was attached to the top board on the deck. My reciprocating saw was in the back of the garage behind some other stuff that would have to be moved. So I grabbed the crowbar and a couple other tools that were easily accessible and tried to remove that board. It didn’t work, and eventually I gave up and got the reciprocating saw. Guess what? I had the right tool and quickly cut the nail and was able to remove the board.
That’s what we do a lot of times, we try to go the easy route and we end up wasting more time than if we got the right tool to do the job. Cutting corners does not get us anywhere except regret. Sometimes we just need to get dirty to have the right tool.
This also goes for our spiritual life. Having the right tools to help us grow in our spiritual life is key. Buying the right books and study materials are key. Don’t just buy junk, because you get what you pay for.