Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Why I Work

      Yesterday I came across a blog post that I found about the subject of "Why We Work".  I found it rather disturbing, if not downright insulting.  It stated that in the beginning mankind had to work to survive, which was fine. But somewhere along the way we "lost our focus" and no longer worked to benefit others, but became Selfish in wanting only to benefit Ourselves.  This was a very bad thing.  The post went on to quote various statistics relating to how unhappy most Americans are with their jobs, how much they hate their work, and how much less they are working today than they used to. (Ever hear that we are in a Depression around here?) The conclusion of the post was the author's opinion that we should all seek to find work that we are passionate about for the Good of Others and Society in General.  (What communistic pap! Excuse me, but I'm losing it here...)
    
      Even more disturbing was one of the many comments expressing apparent agreement with this quote from one Buckminster Fuller:
      “We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living... The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

      Oh, Really?  I wonder who the "H-E-double-hockey-sticks" is volunteering to pay for that?

      Let me at least tell you why I work.  And why I highly recommend that Everyone work.  Hard.  And often.

1.  St. Paul himself (for whom I have more respect for  Mr. Fuller) said flatly, "This we command you, that if any would not work, neither shall he eat." (II Thes. 3:10) And no one can accuse St. Paul of not being a good Christian, now can one?


2.  The Ten Commandments command us to work Six Days A Week.  The Fourth Commandment that tells us to Rest on the Sabbath also tells us to Work the rest of the week:

      "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work." (Deut. 5:8-10 KJV)


3.  We are not commanded to work for "Society", but rather to provide for our own family.

 "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (I Tim. 5:8 NASB)

     There is nothing that benefits a Society more than a healthy, self-sustaining family.  If you have one of those, you have done more to make America (or wherever you live) a strong, healthy nation more than any bureaucrat or empty-headed philosopher. Our government is now making war on that objective in many ways, but it is our obligation to do it anyway.
      It is no sin to be out of a job today. It is only a sin to stop trying to find work to replace it.  If someone needs a job to provide for his/her family and cannot find one, it is his/her job to find a job--or create a job if need be. If no one will hire you, find something you can do and become an entrepreneur.  Mow lawns.  Do alterations. Babysit. Work an entry level job or at the burger drive-through.  Do whatever it takes until you find something better.  God does help those who help themselves. All it takes is faith in God's willingness to help you and a grateful heart, and hands that are willing to work, and you will find Divine assistance along the way.   God cannot steer an unmoving object.  In the meantime it is no sin to receive whatever assistance you can find, as long as you are still working at finding work. 

4.  Work is not just what you do for Pay. 
      You should work at home as well.  You should teach your children and your grandchildren to work.  My own children knew better than to ever complain to me that they were "bored" because they knew I would hand them a mop or a dust cloth.  Today they are hard working, self-sustaining adults who know how to work at home and on the job; not slothful overgrown babies who would rather contemplate their navels.  You should also work to help others in your community--but only after taking care of what needs to be done at Home.

5.  Working for Money is Good. 
      The Bible does not tell us that money is evil, but rather that the Love of money is wrong.  The Bible mentions money over 800 times.  Jesus said, "So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" (Luke 16:11)  Working for money is not greed--it is our responsibility.  Money is simply a means of exchange for value.  We need it to feed and sustain ourselves, our family, and to give out of our abundance.  How much does a poor man have to give to others?

      I find it interesting that the people who teach and preach about the evils of money are the very ones who want to take yours.

      I also find it interesting that the people to insist that people who work for money are Greedy--but those who want to Confiscate it are simply Altruistic!

      Christians give more money (and service) away than any other people in the world.  If there were no Christians, how many hospitals would there be left? How many charities?  How many soup kitchens for the needy and homeless?  I could go on and on.  Most serious Christians give a Ten Percent Tithe--that is Over and Above their Taxes.  We Christians LOVE to give!
      Jesus taught us to give freely.  That means Voluntarily.  That means we depend upon the Holy Spirit to guide us in our giving, causing us to draw nearer to God, and as an act of Worship to Him.  Jesus did NOT say that the Government should confiscate the wages of those who work in order to give it to whomever IT deems "deserves" it more than those who worked to earn it-- and for political power (ie: Votes) at that!  (Any government that can make you dependent upon it OWNS you--and they know it.)
      
      Now that I am a "retired" nurse, at home with just my husband and two cats, I still fill my days with work.  In fact, I worked at home most of my life taking care of my family--cooking, cleaning, shopping, constantly teaching my children what is important in life, and doing all of the things that a wife and mother do.  I saw my outside "job", whenever I had one, as an aside; not nearly as important, because I fortunately married a hard-working man who took his duty to provide for his family seriously.  Each and every one of us should work.  We should listen to God for our calling, and then pursue that work single-mindedly and proudly. 
 
      As Colossians 3:24 instructs us:
     "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."

       Sorry, but there will be no pretty pictures posted today.

8 comments:

  1. Well said!!

    One of my mother's sayings was "the more you do the more you can do", it covers a lot of bases.
    j9

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    1. Mother's "back in the day" had more wisdom in their little finger than the "elitists" today who think they can defy common sense.

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  2. So true & backed with Scripture. Dandy article I wish everyone in the USA would read and heed.

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    1. Feel free to pass it on. We all need to have the courage to speak up for what is true.

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  3. Amen, Linda! And yes, it's these people who feel they are ENTITLED to everything who feel that those of us who do work very hard for everything we have to also provide for them. It's a pathetic mentality that seems to be growing, and I don't like it all.
    My wonderful husband works in a very negative and hostile environment. His days there are difficult at best, but he stays there because it affords us a decent living and medical benefits. He takes responsibility for himself and his family, and he doesn't feel entitled to anything from anybody else. He's my hero! :)

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    1. Yes, men like your husband ARE the true heroes! They do not seek after what FEELS good--they truly sacrifice to DO good. And they don't complain in spite of what it requires of them. Give him a special hug!

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