I once managed a church camp. Every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer, a new group of campers arrived. They stayed a week and went home Saturday morning. Between outgoing and incoming campers, cleanup and preparation tasks needed to be done; so I worked alongside my staff to accomplish the tasks quickly so that they could have the rest of Saturday and Sunday morning off.
One Saturday, however, I had to leave camp right after the campers did. I made sure that all the staff members had specific assignments so that everything necessary would be done. Yet when I returned that evening, I found one critical job undone. The dining hall had not been scrubbed. Since that had to be done, I cleaned the dining hall myself right then; but I was not happy about it.
The staff returned the next day, and I confronted the young woman who had been assigned the cleanup of the dining hall. She responded that mowing the grounds seemed more urgent to her, and so she had spent the morning riding the tractor (something she enjoyed doing) instead of cleaning the dining hall.
The fact was, the grounds were not due for a mowing. I was flabbergasted that this staffer thought that doing a job of her choice was an acceptable substitute for doing what had been assigned.
Ah, but who am I to throw stones? God says, “Love your needy neighbor” and I respond, “How about if I just be a little more pious?”