My father taught me the value of hard work. He set me up in the parakeet business when I was just 15 years old. At one point I averaged 1,000 birds per month that I sold to pet stores.
I later worked in the oil fields and gave my Dad my checks to save for me. It was dangerous and dirty work. But, I survived.
At the time I only knew to treat people right and make my employer glad he hired me. But, what I learned helped me get to where I am today.
I gained confidence.
I gained skills.
I learned how to get along with people different from me.
I was rewarded.
I became motivated to aim higher.
People who do not work hard simply do not realize what they are missing. Man was given the honor of work.
Regardless of whether you are an employee or an employer, you have the distinct privilege of glorifying God in whatever you do. The example you set is an opportunity to shine light into a dark world.
Unfortunately, the incentives of work have been removed for some and a victim mentality has taken over. And, hard work seems to be a thing many avoid.
Hard work keeps people focused, away from the distractions of our age, and promises benefits for the future. So, teach your children, encourage your spouse and work hard yourself!
God’s desire is that “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Working heartily as for the Lord is about stewardship. Did you know we are not only called to be good stewards of our financial assets, but also of our skills and our time? Crown’s online MoneyLife study walks you through what God’s word says about it and how to apply his wisdom to your life.