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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Child Labor"

“It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” Lamentations 3:27

Praying Mom

 


 

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!

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Previous devotions

"How to Pray for America" - May 13, 2015
"The Indispensable Mom" - May 6, 2015

"Switched Off" - April 22, 2015
"Coping or Imploding" - April 15, 2015
"Faces to the Coals" - April 8, 2015
"Sowing the Gospel" - April 1, 2015
"Be Watchful" - March 18, 2015
"The Greatness of Service" - March 11, 2015
"You. Can. Pray." - February 25, 2015
"A Godless Christianity" - February 18, 2015
"Waging War on Worry" - February 11, 2015
"Vision" - February 4, 2015
"Strong Confidence" - January 28, 2015
"Revealing Words" - January 21, 2015
"Dark Days" - January 14, 2015
"Sharpen the Ax" - January 7, 2015

"Priceless Gifts" - December 17, 2014
"Authority" - December 10, 2014
"A Prayer of Thanksgiving" - November 19, 2014
"Thoughts on Revival" - November 12, 2014
"Your American Duty" - October 29, 2014
"A Winner" - October 22, 2014
"Passions and Priorities" - October 15, 2014
"Looking for Gold" - October 8, 2014
"The Grass Grows on Your Path" - October 1, 2014
"A Little Hypocrisy" - September 24, 2014
"Keep Singing" - September 17, 2014
"Out of the Darkness" - September 10, 2014
"Treasured Trials" - September 3, 2014
"Smooth Stones" - August 27, 2014
"Call the Foreman" - August 20, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up" - August 13, 2014
"The Glow of the Gospel" - July 9, 2014
"Liberty's Nails of Truth" - July 2, 2014
"A Burden for Today's Youth" - June 18, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing" - June 4, 2014





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