The Honor of Labor

Ecclesiastes 9:10A Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might: Nehemiah 4:6B for the people had a mind to work. Genesis 3:19A In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread . 

Someone made a poem with the first reference “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, any job that’s done halfway, is not a job done right.” You don’t hear these much anymore – Any job worth doing is worth doing right, Good enough is the worst enemy of your best, The best flavoring for food is sweat, Hard work never hurt anyone. How about I Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quite, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you. II Thessalonians 3:10B that if any would not work neither should he eat. In September we will celebrate Labor Day. Many people in this day and age disdain labor. When I was young people had great respect for those who worked with their hands, for carpenters, brick layers, mechanics, machinists, ditch diggers. When World Wars One and Two happened the enemy did not fear the American military at first (they learned that later!) they feared the American working man. The working man of the greatest industrial giant of the world produced the firearms, tanks, artillery, ships, planes, and ammo it would take to defeat the enemy. Our farmers produced the food and fiber needed to feed and clothe not only ours but our allies and later even our enemies. Our miners and lumber jacks and oil field roughnecks produced the natural resources necessary for manufacturing and transportation got it delivered. Going to college is fine for some but putting your shoulder to the wheel is good for others. I still swing a hammer, lift bags, and shovel and sweep in a feed mill a 59 years of age and by God’s grace will do it as long as I am able. It’s a good thing for my children to see me come home dirty and sweaty. There is no satisfaction like seeing a job completed successfully and getting a decent pay check for it. The current crop of violent protesters comes of people being locked up in their houses with no work to do. Family violence also comes of it as well as depression and suicide. Yet people are seen as being unpatriotic or a danger to society if they peacefully protest to ask to be allowed to work! Nothing in the world is more manly or obedient to God than hard work. You may not get a medal for it but the callous on your hands should bring the respect of a nation.

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