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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
“It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” Lamentations 3:27
Don’t ever get the idea that children should not have to work when they are children. I hear people say, “Wait until they grow up; then they will work. Let the children play when they’re children.”
My dad believed that his boys ought to work. My brothers and I cut the grass, cleaned the garage, washed the cars, and all other sorts of chores. We didn't have a trimmer with a string on it. We had a pair of lawn scissors that we used while on our hands and knees. It was hot in that thin Colorado air, and often it would take all day. Dad didn't allow us to cut the grass in the same direction each time. If we cut it back and forth this week, we had to cut it side-to-side next week, and diagonal the next. All day long we would work on it, and dad would come home and inspect it and say, “That’s a good job, boys.” I felt so good when I would hear that. I felt a sense of accomplishment.
There is nothing wrong with instilling a work ethic in our children when they are young. There’s a time for work and there’s a time for play. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Make sure your children don’t waste their lives on video games, television, and social media. Keep them focused on achieving and accomplishing something good this summer!