I was pondering on Proverbs 14:23 the other day.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
I was reminded of the time and efforts I have put into training my kids to do household chores. I usually spend some extra time each summer when we have more down time teaching the kids new chores to add to the list of ones they do well. It always seems like such a big task to get the kids to do their chores, but I saw the fruit of it on Wednesday. We spent the morning picking berries at a local farm and had lunch with family at the park. It was such a fun time. My sister-in-law offered to take the kids home with her so I could clean the house in anticipation of company coming to visit on Thursday. I almost took her up on the offer thinking how easy it would be to run through the house and clean with no distractions. Then I began to think that the kids really NEED to be a part of helping prepare for guests. I want them to learn the importance of hard work and serving others, the need for hospitality and finally enjoying the fruit of their hard work by having good times with others after the work is done. We got started with the cleaning later than I had planned and we were under a time crunch since we usually have dinner at church on Wednesday night. I made a list of the chores we had to accomplish before the day was done and in two and a half hours, all the chores were done (except freezing the strawberries we picked). The boys worked hard, they knew what had to be done. There was no whining and very little complaining. After I sat down that night when church was over, I realized that hard work DOES earn a profit. If I am faithful to try to instill a good work ethic, good attitudes and Christlike behavior in my kids, He will complete the work in them. I may not see the fruit until heaven, but I am NOT going to give up. I was blessed by the help of my kids. The work went so much faster than if I had done it all myself, and I think it made the kids feel that the family needs them. That is such an important things for kids. Knowing that you are needed in the family gives you a reason for doing the things you do. We can also translate this knowledge over into our spiritual life. If we know that we are serving a purpose in the family of God, we can more joyfully attend to the tasks that He gives us to do, knowing that we are furthering His kingdom.