Built to Work


Do your children have a terrible work ethic? One of the greatest legacies parents can give to their children is to teach them how to work and finish a job.

“Kids today have a terrible work ethic.” A friend of mine who is a small business owner said that as he was groaning about the terrible time he was having getting his new hires to show up on time and do a job right. What’s been your experience? Was my friend right?

“My Father works, and I work,” Jesus said once. Work is essential to the essence of our God. The first thing God did upon creating the first man was to put him to work. Right away on day one of the existence of the human race, Adam was commissioned to take inventory of the fauna in his new habitat and give each animal a name appropriate to its appearance and function.

We are God-designed and God-built for labor. Hard work helps us appreciate the value of money and invites God’s blessings. “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4). “He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty” (Proverbs 28:19).

One of the greatest legacies parents can give to their children is to teach them how to work, defer gratification, keep their word, obey a boss, participate in a team, and finish a job.

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