"Better to wear out your shoes than your blankets"

"A man who gives his children the habits of industry provides better for them than by giving them a fortune," states an old Amish proverb. Hard work is something that seems to be undervalued in developed countries. Many seem to be striving to find ways to do less work and make more money. Now, I have to admit, the older I get, that idea is more appealing. However, if I am not out working with my hands, my body goes into a tailspin. Idleness is like a plague upon me. Even folks who tend to spend more time in an office have to make time to exercise to help their body cope. When I read the Bible, I see evidence everywhere that God built us to work. Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden to work it and have dominion. We are commanded by God to work the land and have dominion over it. The difference before the Fall of Adam was that work was not anxious toil. Now it is. Let's see what God said to Adam and Eve after they sinned against Him:
16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:16-24
Now it is. Paul Instructed the Thessalonians:
11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NKJV
Now the simple interpretation is this: "In Paul's time and ours, Christians are to live quietly, mind our own business, and work hard." There are other verses in the Scriptures I could pull out, but these reveal the problem of work in our time and the command of how we are to live and work. It's hard sometimes to mind your own business (meaning your home, church, and work), but God commands it. We are to practice what we preach. We are not to draw too much attention to ourselves ( Don't be a fame junky!). Whatever we do, we should strive to do it well; and of course, make sure it is within the bounds of God's prescriptive will."Be humble and submit to God and His will, for that is what you are made for!"

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