As Solomon continued to advise his son on how to live a successful life, he moved from what to avoid into the category of what one should embrace. Item one—Good old fashioned work. As the wisest man in the world, Solomon quickly pointed out the value of labor. He recognized long before Ben Franklin that idle hands were the Devil’s workshop. When one is engaged in work, several great things happen.
When people are working they do not have to be led as closely. They have purpose and direction and their lives move forward in a positive direction without having to be told each step on the journey. Next, when one is working they grow to think beyond the here and the now. They plan and they save for long term life. Finally, as they build a work life, they avoid the need to be dependent on the kindness of others to survive. They have a stake in their own outcomes and become the person that is kind to others.
In our culture, we have allowed the policies of our government to grow an entire population that believes it is entitled to not only food and shelter, but to conveniences of life like phones, cable and internet. We have rewarded those that do not wish to work and have allowed others to take the opportunities of those that do. We, like Solomon, need to embrace work as a gift from God and encourage our kids to do the same. As we do that, the attitude of the nation will be confident and free once again and we will be a part of a nation that produces much and expects little in return—rather than a nation that feels entitled to all and wishes to do as little as possible to obtain it.
God Bless You
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.