A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit, and scarcity like an armed man.
We can be lazy over here at the Harms house. There are some hot summer days and cold winter days during which holding down the couch is an all day event. I let my kids play too many video games some days and sleep in too late on other days. I’m not perfect.
But though I am the overseer of the lazy days, I’m also trying to instill a good work ethic in my kids. Lazy days do not have to equal lazy children. The boys are required to mow the lawn, clear the dinner table and load the dishwasher among other household tasks. The older two are sometimes needed to watch their younger brother when they would rather be out with their friends. And when we are in the midst of a home construction project their dad likes to teach them new skills like laying hardwood flooring.
Sometimes I wish my kids were born into a generation where hard work was a general expectation in society. But, alas, I am raising them in an era of entitlement and instant gratification, where we are led to believe we deserve to get whatever we want whenever we want it simply because we exist.
It’s a challenging task to teach our children the benefits of hard work when it is a concept that our society is falling away from. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to give in to it. My desire is to train my boys to understand the value of working hard and the sense of accomplishment that comes from earning versus entitlement.
Lord, Help me to train my kids to understand the value of hard work. May the idea of entitlement be foreign to them. I pray they will grow to be useful and productive members of society, living disciplined, loving and constructive lives. Amen.