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Work is a gift of God

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 10/6/17

There are three simple truths concerning work: Labor is honorable; idleness leads to poverty; and honest labor is rewarding.

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Work is a gift of God

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There are three simple truths concerning work: Labor is honorable; idleness leads to poverty; and honest labor is rewarding.

Work is a gift of God and is to be appreciated. Good work is a blessing and great rewards come from it. It is satisfying.

On the other hand, idleness is considered in the Scripture to be unwise. In the Bible, we’re told that God provides for the creatures. But as one man said, “God feeds the birds, but he doesn’t dig his worms.”

“The Preacher” (Ecclesiastes) doesn’t give excuses for man to be slothful or lazy. The book of the Bible promotes labor — the work ethic — through one’s own ability to provide for himself. “Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.”

In Proverbs 24:30-34, the author gives an example of the man who doesn’t care and has no desire to tend to business. It was concluded that laziness is a sin against God, while honest work is a virtue that is pleasing to God — the heart of the work ethic.

It’s not talking about work that takes the place of God and family in our lives, but the work that gives opportunity for a person to live a happy and fulfilled life with priorities in the right place.

The home backgrounds of 300 highly successful people were investigated. These 300 subjects had made it to the top. They were men and women whose names everyone would recognize as brilliant in their fiends, such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, Clara Barton and Einstein.

The intensive investigation into their early home lives yielded some surprising findings:

— Three-fourths of the children were troubled either by poverty, a broken home or rejecting, over-possessive or dominating parents.

— Seventy-four of 85 writers of fiction or drama and 16 of the 20 poets came from homes where, as children, they saw tense psychological drama played out by their parents.

— Physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness or crippled limbs characterized more than one-fourth of the sample.

How did these people go on, then, to such outstanding accomplishments? They compensated for their weaknesses in one area by excelling in another.

A lazy person can’t be depended upon. Neither can an employer trust an employee who seeks his own gratification. A lazy person will waste time, opportunities and resources. There will be no pride in accomplishments. No matter how much ability a person has, it won’t get the job done, unless that person shows commitment and responsibility.

Without honest work by its able citizens, a nation is hurt, the social system suffers and everyone is affected.

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