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


“The man Jeroboam was very able, and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious he gave him charge over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph.” (I Kings 11:28)

Where can I find industrious young men today? I find it difficult to find someone to simply mow my lawn during the weeks that I am traveling. Many who were once extremely hard working and industrious have become apathetic.

As a young boy, I remember going door to door throughout the neighborhood to find work in order to make some extra money. During the winter I shoveled sidewalks and driveways, and when spring arrived I washed dirty windows and cleaned out basements. During the summer I weeded and cut grass, and in the fall there were plenty of leaves to rake.

When I wasn’t doing odd jobs, the rest of my day was spent outside. My friends and I never tired of playing a game of basketball, baseball, or football (nothing organized–we did just fine organizing games ourselves), and during those scorching summer days, I could be found fishing down by the river or catching crayfish in a nearby stream.

Nowadays it’s hard to find young people outdoors or taking initiative to do something productive. Have the amusements of our culture taken our children captive? If you do happen to see an industrious young person taking initiative, please reward them generously and encourage them to continue in their efforts. Jeroboam was noticed by Solomon and as a result of his industrious pursuits, he was promoted as the director of forced labor. Little did he know that this position would also serve as the preparation for him to become the next King of Israel.

“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings . . .” Or perhaps he may become a king!

* The book that inspired Ronald Reagan to become President of the US was That Printer of Udell’s. For younger children I recommend reading Basil: Honesty and Industry.

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