“The hand of the diligent makes rich.. that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Pr 10:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; Ecclesiastes 9:10.
The word diligent means “to cut or sharpen.” It describes a worker who’s sharp, decisive, and keen. He or she wants to work, make a difference, and contribute to their families and to society. Life “owes” you nothing except an opportunity to succeed. And you’ll have to work for that success. I am always glad to know that some of my Fellows and brothers in Church and family are actively engaged, some into Agricultural revolution, Academic, Media, Manufacturing and Civil Constructions as Entrepreneurs amongst other private and public businesses, thereby helping the Parents to worry less as they grow older but stronger each day.
One day two teens were talking when one said to the other, “I’m really worried. Dad slaves away at his job so I’ll never want for anything. He pays all my bills and sends me to college. Mom slaves every day washing, ironing, cleaning up after me, and even takes care of me when I’m sick.” Puzzled, his friend asked, “So, what’re you worried about?” He replied, “I’m worried the slaves might escape!”
If you’re a parent, teach your children the virtue of diligence. And don’t just preach it—live it! You’ll know you’re succeeding when they no longer feel “entitled” to an allowance, and stop seeing you as a human ATM machine with the words “Give me!” stamped on your forehead. Your children will spend over half the waking hours of their prime adult lives working, and they need to know that it was God’s idea and not a form of punishment. Some people abstractly think work was the result of the curse in Eden, but it wasn’t. God gave Adam the job of tending the garden before sin came on the scene (See Ge 2:15). Jesus was a carpenter (See Mk 6:3). And Paul, one of the greatest Christians in history, was a tentmaker (See Ac 18:1-3). There’s nothing dishonorable about work worth doing, and work done well.