Encouraging Eager Hands
A 7 Part Mini-Course
Publish by: Teaching Good Things
Jeff and Kathy Brodock
"Character, in the long run,
is the decisive factor in the life of an individual
and of nations alike.”
~President Theodore Roosevelt
Raising children for the glory of God is a wonderful way to impact the world, not to mention that it is part of God's plan as He commanded us to take dominion and multiply. Never take it lightly!
First of all, prayer is the most important part of parenting! May we never boast in ourselves, but know that all we do is by God's grace alone. We are to be faithful to love and train them, and God is responsible for the results. There is no formula to insure that our children will grow up to be strong in faith and character. I cannot stress that enough! But let us as parents not be 'slackers' when it comes to teaching our children a good work ethic. God will hold us accountable for our faithfulness in loving and training our children.
Hard Work Can Build Strong Character
Good character is being able to understand the difference between right and wrong and then having the courage and ability to do the right thing. Being intelligent and well educated in academics is not the only tool to make a person successful. Intelligence without character is dangerous. History is full of very intelligent people that had poor character. They brought great destruction to themselves and nations. Two on the top of our modern day list would be Hitler and Margaret Sanger (the racist/feminist/abortionist), among many others.
God called His creation "work":
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing;
so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Part of Gods plan was for man to work:
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden
to work it and take care of it.
The first children were given work to do:
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
Jesus called His life here work:
Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day,
and I, too, am working."
The biggest part of our day, our life, will be working:
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.
So, it is important that we as parents have the correct perspective on work,
that we teach our children to embrace it, not avoid it.
In Lesson 2 we will discuss that "Work" is NOT a Four Letter Word!
Until next time,
Jeff and Kathy Brodock