The Four Letter Word Every Child Should Know

“We have to work,” she groaned It was morning and my daughter was not in the mood to get ready and go to school. I can sympathize with her. I’m not always in the mood for (fill in the blank here). Still, work is a part of life. Work is something we must all do, and a work ethic is something parents should instill in their children. That’s because learning to work now helps them when they are in the real world trying to earn a living and pay the bills.

Having read this far, I suppose many of our readers will begin thinking about Bible verses involving work. One of the more famous ones is 2 Thessalonians 3:10. That’s where a Holy Spirit-inspired Paul writes that if a man does not work, he should not eat. In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul again writes that if any man does not provide for his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel or unbeliever. I say ‘a Holy Spirit-inspired Paul’ because all scripture is inspired by God for various reasons including doctrine, correction and instruction. Why? So the man of God may be perfect and thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Before some readers get excited, we must all remember that our work also benefits others, and I’m not talking about bosses or investors who gain something from your toiling. points this out in a related blog, one that cites Exodus 23:10-11, Deuteronomy 15:7-11 and Ephesians 4:28 as examples of people working and helping people in need.

Work is not easy. And it’s not fun watching other people benefit or even advance in the workplace when they do not put in time and effort. Still, that is where keeping your head down and minding your own business comes into play. Griping and complaining does not work, at least not in my experience. Plus, there’s also that small matter where the Bible tells us not to gripe and complain (Philippians 2:14-16).

If we are really going to make a difference, one that involves people getting “off the government dole” while still having a safety net for people truly in need, we can do that by digging deep into our Bibles and learning what God expects from us. He expects us to work. He wants us to serve. He also tells us to follow His ways and share His teachings with others (Mark 16:15). When we do, and the Holy Spirit gets involved, things can change in our country. Do not wait on politicians. They are not going to fix things. Real hope and change will come when the hearts and minds of people change. That includes the hearts and minds of our children.

It may be hard at times. It may be time consuming. But we can make a difference, for ourselves, our country and our God. It only takes that four letter word known as "work."

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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