My mom and dad (especially my dad) made my brothers and I do chores as kids. We didn’t own a dishwashing machine, so one brother washed, the other dried, and the third put away. My mom could have done it faster without our help, for sure. On Saturday’s it was time to clean our rooms or do yard work before we could play sports with our friends. We would compete for the sheers that actually worked because we had to trim the edge of the yard (yes, by hand- there were edgers, but no weed eaters). My parents modeled hard work and we enjoyed the rewards that came with it. They replaced any natural tendency toward laziness with diligence and good work ethic. Solomon warned about laziness. He said, when we are lazy we make up stories to justify our lack of action, we spend too much time in bed, and we fail to meet our own basic needs, let alone those needs of people we love that depend on us. And lastly, we think we are smarter than everyone else. Thank God for parents who taught me better.
A lazy one says, “There is a lion on the road!
A lion is in the public square!”
As the door turns on its hinges,
So does a lazy one on his bed.
A lazy one buries his hand in the dish;
He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again.
A lazy one is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven people who can give a discreet answer. Proverbs 26:13-6
How have I taught my kids the value of work? What tendency toward laziness exists in me today?
God, as this day begins- it will be special for Judah Roekle as we celebrate his birthday and welcome him into manhood. After that, I can pretty much choose what happens. I don’t expect to be lazy. I may rest. But, You can call me to whatever You desire. And if You give me a day off, I will garden. Thank you for the blessings that come with hard work, by Your design!