We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

An Eternal Perspective on Work

King David gained important skills and character as a boy, even though he was given what was seemingly the least important job. Because David used his extra time wisely and practiced diligently, he became an accurate marksman, a skillful musician, and a courageous protector.

Children will generally use their time wisely if parents arrange meaningful experiences and provide worthwhile resources–not the latest video game! Parents who allow their children to indulge in excessive time wasters not only suppress their children’s creativity, but stunt their children’s potential to excel in their God-given gifting.

So, how do we teach our children to make the most of our time here and now? The key is to cultivate a heavenly-mindedness by filling our children’s imaginations with thoughts of God’s character, the largeness of eternity, and the exigency of our earthly battle. C.S. Lewis notes:

“If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English evangelicals who abolished the slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

The Preacher in Ecclesiastes give this admonition: “Whatever thy hand finds to do, do it with all thy might . . .” Why? Because, as John Luhmann writes, “Everyday you are becoming who you will be forever.”

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