Yesterday I addressed imitating God through creativity and hard work. After I addressed the issues with my granddaughters, my son-in-law brought up the teaching principles he had been teaching his daughters. It seemed appropriate to list them for you. If you have children, don’t hesitate to teach them these principles.
Work is a blessing! (Ecclesiastes 2:24)
DO the best that you can!
Working hard means doing the best job that you possibly can. Even if you can’t do something exactly like Mommy and Daddy, you can do the best job that you can do.
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Col. 3:23-24 NKJ)
Do your work without complaining!
Complaining shows an unthankful and disobedient heart. You can show that you love God and love Mommy and Daddy by doing your work with a happy heart.
Do all things without complaining and disputing, (Phil. 2:14 NKJ)
See your work through to the end!
When you start a job, you must finish it. Leaving your work unfinished makes more work for everyone.
…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (Phil. 1:6 NKJ)
Remember: Right away, all the way, with a happy heart!
These are great principles for any person, not just young children. The world around you looks at work as a drudgery and only for those who have to do it or as a means to an end – getting paid to do whatever it is you want to do. God’s view is work is a blessing and Christians should be the best workers in every endeavor for life.
24 Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God. (Ecc. 2:24 NKJ)
I wonder what would happen if members of the political machine applied these principles to their lives for the sake of those whom they represent!