Thursday, December 6, 2018
by Dwight Robinson
Having been born into a large family, each child was expected to contribute to the family business. As my older brothers left home, younger children were expected to step up and fill spots for manual labor. No child labor laws were ever enforced in farm families. The 1950s were times of change in our lives. Children had more opportunities and they started getting away from these responsibilities. The number of farm families dropped, while the size of farms increased, along with their productivity. In the words of Will Rogers, “What this country needs are more working men and women and fewer politicians.” Back then, we never felt like work hurt anybody. But today, some parents can’t imagine asking an 8-10-12 year old to put down the video games and help clean out the shed in their back yard. However, some families still do have responsibilities for their children. Those who don’t, need to stop and think – what are we doing to our children?
While things around us may change, a good work ethic is needed to persevere through it. The old saying goes, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” God wants all of His children, both young and old, to be responsible through times of change, in society, in the church, and in our families.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us
to do.” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10
TODAY: Pray for a family you know who has older elementary school children.