Work…Toil…and Labor… I love to work, to sweat… to see the fruits of my labor. Cutting one’s yard is one of the easiest and fastest ways of seeing immediate results of one’s labor. You’re probably not that much different…it’s a “man thing.”
As youngsters; my brother and I were tasked with cutting the yard every Saturday for a weekly allowance of one-dollar. WOW! He, knowing, that I was meticulous in my yard cutting skills; would ALWAYS cut the yard in some crazy pattern…on purpose…driving me crazy. He knew that I would not stand for a poor looking yard-job. More often that not…I volunteered to cut the entire yard, just so… I would end up cutting his portion properly. He, in turn, sat back doing nothing, while I was proudly cut the entire yard; yet we both received the same wage. Today… we call that “entitlement.”
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 – For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such person we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
While there are some people who get ahead without working in earnest… there is many times more who get ahead by employing good work ethics….and simply…working their rear-ends off. As should be the case… the hard worker is always in pursuit of a leadership role, as the prize for his efforts. Then, there is always the one who sits on the sideline, with his hand out, “waiting for his entitlements”… and for some reason… unbeknownst to most reasonable thinking people…will get more than what he asks for; more than his share, and more than he deserves. Proverbs 14:23 – In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
In the long run… we’re all better off… getting down to business at an early age, and developing good work habits that will benefit us, our families, and society in general… for the long haul. We can take a lesson from Paul as discussed in…
Acts 20:34 – You yourselves know that these hands of mine have ministered to my own needs and those of my companions. 1 Corinthians 4:12 – We work hard with our own hands. When we are vilified, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;