Have you noticed we live in a time of which, I am sure, historians will reflect upon as when men and women, at least in the Western culture, look at hard work as something beneath their dignity? Do they actually feel, corporately and individually, they are owed something for simply breathing air? I honestly don’t have an answer. One thing I do know is that we as Christians are to have a work ethic that sets the standard and, I might add, a Godly standard for all to see. “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among who you shine as lights in the world…” (Philippians 2:14-15)

We should not be complaining or whining about our need to work, but rejoice that we are physically and mentally able to do so. You and I must make the real daily choice to be working diligently to supply or “needs” and when we so desire, work even harder from time to time to supply our “wants”. We should also be encouraging and supporting our younger generations who are working hard to build their own businesses, going the extra mile to get great grades in their education, or doing hard and often thankless odd jobs. They are setting a Godly standard for their peers. Remember, however, you and I must set a visible example of daily diligence for each of them to see as we lift up the banner of faith for them to follow. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)