God created man to work (Genesis 2:15).
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
God works (John 5:17) and we are created in His image.
Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
Work is hard (Genesis 3:19).
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground
Work is satisfying (Ecclesiastes 5:12).
The sleep of a laborer is sweet
Work hard for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
Work is a key to a full life (Proverbs 13:4).
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
We are also given warnings and examples (2 Thessalonians 3.6-15).
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and
does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
My oldest son worked all his holidays for 3 years at a moving company - believe me, it was hard work! But he learned so much and gained so much character, and so much insight into human nature! Another big benefit of work is that it allowed him to save most of the extra money he will need for college. (after scholarships)
Our second son works throughout the year at an ice cream place, and of course, is banking his money for college. He sees his work as a mission field, and enjoys seeing God in his work place.
In both cases, since we homeschool, we could be more flexible about work schedules. When I compared work release for public high schools (the last hour or two of the school day) I figured that, as long as the work took less than 15% of their "school time" I could count it as a part of schooling. I hasten to add that we do finish their curriculum, but I am sure they are getting a better education working, than they did in a lot of the classes with textbooks they have done!
So far, all I've done for planning is say, "We'd better come up with something or we'll both be flipping burgers," LOL! Thanks for the reminder.
Myself I have some entrepreneurial/artsy/craftsy things up my sleeve, and for my teen, we've talked before about pet sitting. Without my help (read: transportation), my teen can't do the pet-sitting thing, and quite frankly, I'm not sure I can do my stuff without help. It looks like we'll be hiring each other, LOL.
Agreed! They do have to be a kid. I think we have to teach them about hard work, and expect some hard work, but at the same time allow them to be a kid. And remember that even adults need to have unstructured down time. But yup, it's hard to know exactly what to do, isn't it?
I agree work is so important, especially in the battle of entitlement. However, do you think there is a concern for too much work. Our sixteen year old boy is a lifeguard this summer. His schedule is packed. I'm worried it is just too much. Where/when do we step in or is this one of the opportunities to learn how to manage his time? Boy, it is hard having to transition our parenting as these kiddos transition into adulthood.
What great verses on work! Our 13-year-old does almost all the mowing and vacuuming, while our 10-year-old helps around the house. Today both boys wanted to help make the fruit trifle, and then our younger son helped me clean all three bathrooms. I agree it's so important to teach children to work!
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