Thursday, July 30, 2015
Hard Work Pays
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. Proverbs 12:27 I am fortunate to live in the United States of America which has so much diverse natural beauty. Recently I returned from a trip to Idaho and Wyoming, two Western states filled with things of awe and wonder. The Oregon Trail passes through Boise and it made me ponder the hard work and courage of those brave men and women who ventured West over the Mississippi to discover more of this great nation. Hearty souls they were facing dangers, peril, and the unknown. It was allot of immensely hard work similar to the Founders of this great nation and the early Pilgrims. Religious freedom was the initial impetus to come to this great land. When we have everything given to us and don't have to work laziness sets in. That was never God's plan and many scripture verses allude to that fact. We are to help those in need but those in need are not to just sit back and expect to not lift a finger towards helping pull themselves out of poverty. Similar to why in the national parks we are asked to not feed the bears. If we do they tend to rely on tourist handouts and will not go hunting for food on their own. The pioneers knew they would have to toil and face danger but they were willing to for freedom and a better life. In life do we allow others to give us handouts or do we work hard to get what we want? This could be both physically and spiritually. Once you hear a message on Sunday do you study it or do you forget until the following Sunday and just go about daily business? Don't get lazy about physical work and do not become complacent about your walk with the Lord either. PRAYER: I need to remember to study hard and grow in my walk with you. Also help me never be lazy about working to make a better life. Help me remember the example of the brave settlers of this great land. In Jesus' name. Amen.