"Are you working hard, or hardly working?"
I would just laugh as if it was the first time I had ever heard it, grab their Mountain Dew and Diet Coke, and seat them with a smile.
I still think about that job from time to time, and that cliche that was asked of me so often. In talking with a friend this week, we both were sharing the need to be reminded that we are working for the Lord, not man:
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. (Colossians 3:23) (see also Ephesians 6:7)
Whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to Him through God the Father. (Colossians 3:17)
And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
So that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5)
We have this sick way of thinking in American culture that the "better" job that you have, the better person you are. When we first married, Brandon worked at a gas station, and I worked at a daycare. It does not matter if you are a neurosurgeon, a Naval officer, a cop, a waitress at a Chinese buffet. It does not matter if you are a lawyer, a construction worker, a dentist, a public official. Or a stay at home mother.
We are ALL working for the same Person. So, are YOU working hard for Him, or are you hardly working?