Kids Need Work (#3 of 48)

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Continuing the series on What Kids Need that an intentional discipler will address. When you consider the many aspects of a child’s development, it can become overwhelming. Let me suggest you focus on one at a time. Perhaps even this week you can find a way to focus on the fact that Kids Need Work.

The Situation: Children ask, “Why work so hard?“ Some kids question the value of hard work. Many adopt the attitude that work should be avoided as something evil. Peers make fun of students who put forth their best efforts. They ridicule or trivialize exceptional performances.

The Solution: From the very beginning, God gave Adam a job—to cultivate the Garden (Genesis 2:15). Work is a gift from God and can be a source of satisfaction and joy. God gives skills to each person and wants us to develop those abilities to serve Him and others. God created work; He blesses those who show diligence in their work.

The Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:24-25; Colossians 3:23-24

The Suggestions: Maintain a positive attitude about work. Help children view work as a divinely appointed task for God’s eternal glory (Revelation 14:13). As you assign chores and give children responsibilities, encourage them to work hard. Work is honorable. Almost nothing of lasting value comes easy or free.

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2 Responses to “Kids Need Work (#3 of 48)”

  1. Karl Bastian Says:

    This is so true. I am so thankful that my parents emphasized the importance of a healthy work ethic – not because it was the “American Way” but because it pleased the Lord. Whatever I did, I was to do it as though I was doing it for the Lord, because I was!

  2. jen Says:

    I think adults even struggle with the value of work. How many times have you heard adults aiming for the goal of “early retirement”? Cue the midnight real estate infomercials…

    There are many adults that despise work and try to get rich (either with money, position, etc) as quickly as possible- whatever it takes. Unfortunately, the short way is not usually the best way. I think that people lose a piece of themselves- compromising what they truly believe in, etc. when they choose the fastest possible route to their destination as opposed to the best way. If kids can get the value of work in their hearts early, it will serve them well.

    On the flip side, I know many kids that do work hard b/c they struggle with the desire for perfection. The key is for kids to work as unto the Lord- not to be perfect.

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