Here at Central Christian Academy we all strive for the Biblical trait of hard work. David Barton has written about what our Founders of the Great Country had to say about this subject. We hope you enjoy it.
The Virtue of Hard Work
By David Barton
In today’s society there is a push for less work and more free time, but the Bible encourages just the opposite. Notice some of its many verses praising hard work:
- In all labor there is profit (Proverbs 14:23).
- He who tills his land will have plenty of bread (Proverbs 12:11).
- And all the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him (Proverbs 12:14).
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and… work with your hands, so that you will… not be in any need (1Thessalonians 4:11-12).
John Adams recognized that if you lived and guided your life by the Bible, your conscience would “oblige” or require you to work hard. Hard work is a Biblical teaching, but it must also be accompanied by morality, for hard work in an immoral cause will not bring the promised Biblical reward. Founding Father John Jay understood this and affirmed that America had become prosperous because the spirit of hard work in the early colonists had properly been joined with virtue and morality.
Because hard work (what the Founders termed industry) was such an important Biblical trait, they inculcated it in their children from their earliest years. As John Adams reminded his wife Abigail:
The education of our children is never out of my mind. Train them to virtue. Habituate them to industry [hard work], activity and spirit.
Thomas Jefferson similarly told his daughter:
It is your future happiness which interests me, and nothing can contribute more to it (moral rectitude always excepted) than the contracting a habit of industry and activity. Of all the cankers [enemies] of human happiness, none corrodes with so silent yet so baneful an influence as indolence [laziness]. Body and mind both unemployed, our being [existence] becomes a burden and every object about us loathsome, even the dearest.
Our Founding Fathers prominent in the field of education also stressed the importance of teaching this trait to youth.
Booker T. Washington, head of the famous Tuskegee Institute, long ago affirmed to students:
No man can read the Bible and be lazy. Christianity increases a man’s wants, and therefore increases his capacity for labor.
So, look for opportunities to engage in hard; and avoid laziness as the plague it is, remembering that the Bible clearly affirms, “In all labor there is profit.”