I was a fourth grade teacher at Harvest Christian School in Riverside, California for six years before moving into pastoral ministry. Having those 9 & 10-year olds with me day in and day out for nine months of the year taught me a few things about investing in people for the long haul. Looking back seventeen years to that first classroom, I can now see that what each of those 147 students carried as a destiny was often hidden behind a variety of external circumstances, behavior issues, personality defects, and bad habits.
My dad taught me to take care of the yard work when I was young. I was instructed how to make straight, overlapping passes across the lawn, how to handle the weed eater along the edges of the yard, and the basics of taking care of the gas mower and weed eater. I was also shown the joy of sipping iced tea from the front porch after a job well done. But, I always hoped the lawnmower would break down beyond my abilities to fix it so I could slough off my duties for the week.
I'm not sure it's a hard fact in life, but it seems doing something right with the wrong motive produces wrong or incomplete results. The opposite seems true as well: doing something right with the right motive produces right and complete results.