Edward Gibbon spent twenty-six years writing his great work on history. Noah Webster worked diligently for thirty-six years to bring into print the first edition of his dictionary. It is said that the Roman orator Cicero practiced before friends every day for thirty years in order to perfect his public speaking. What persistence! Let’s think about how much energy we put into the Lord’s work. The; comparison can be rather embarrassing. And it should lead us to ask ourselves some heart-searching questions: Why is our service for Christ sometimes performed in a half-hearted manner? Why do some people who pursue earthly goals put us to shame with their diligence? (Source Unknown).