Parents and grandparents know young children love to work at whatever work they see you doing. They often play or pretend to be working. There is something within our nature that allows us to see this as good when we are very young.
IF YOU ARE A PARENT, HAVE YOU WORKED HARD SO YOUR CHILDREN WOULD NOT HAVE TO?
Most of us feel we are truly loving our children when we work doubly hard so they do not have to. Their friends are out having fun (?) so we want our children to be free to enjoy themselves. In today’s society, a few parents actually become servants to their children and work daily attempting to fulfill the desires of their offspring.
This enables some to continue this do-nothing lifestyle even into their forties or beyond. I’ve known a few adults who have avoided working altogether with the help of family and Uncle Sam.
ARE THOSE WHO NEVER LEARN TO WORK HAPPY AND FULFILLED?
Many wise people think the answer is “No!” Below are just a few thoughts on work…
Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; Ecclesiastes 9:10
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
– Anne Frank
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
– Henry David Thoreau
The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
– Lord Chesterfield
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
– Thomas Carlyle
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. – Proverbs 26:15
COULD THE ABILITY TO WORK BE CONSIDERED A GIFT?
God says “Yes,” it is a reward to be able to work…
and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor– it is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. Psalm 128:2
If you’ve been blessed with parents or grandparents who taught you the value of an honest day’s work and as a result you are enjoying a satisfying life, maybe this would be a good time to thank them.