Elementary school through high school, it’s pretty easy. Teachers and parents lay out what you are going to do and when you are going to do it. You get little reminders of when important deadlines are coming. You make progress and achieve goals, but it is with the help of a support team. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that during that season of our lives, but we also have to learn how to take the initiative on our own. Believe it or not, even the Bible talks about work ethic. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 6:6 — 11 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise, 7 Which, having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, 11 So shall thy poverty come like one that traveleth, and thy want like an armed man.
In the scriptures, we are given the ant as a good example of work ethic. Without being coerced to do so, ants gather and store their own food as is appropriate for the seasons. They work in advance, so they can be prepared for what is to come. We as humans are to follow after this model. God has given each of us a purpose to fulfill on this earth as well as a plan on how to get it done. Because only we know what we need to do and when we need to do it, no one else can prompt us. It is up to us to get the job done. God has given us all the tools we need. It is up to us to use those tools diligently, so we can achieve our goals efficiently. Yes, rest and relaxation are good for the body, but we should also be able to motivate ourselves to get back to work to fulfill the purpose God has for us. When we do this, the Lord will take care of all of our needs and make sure we want for nothing. Have a blessed day!
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