Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Little Red Hen

"The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing."
Proverbs 20:4

Remember the story of the little red hen? .  Oh, go ahead; watch the video.  You know you want to!  I think maybe the author was reading in the Proverbs when he decided to write that story.  I rather think it is not just for children but for us all.

What silly animals! we say.  How absurd of them to refuse to help when they could have had yummy homemade bread to eat.  All they had to do was  help out a little.  Mothers, please teach your children the value of hard work.  Don't allow them the non-beneficial temporary pleasure of growing up lazy.  You will have regrets.  Unfortunately, our society has provided through welfare and other means for people to be compensated for not working.  But the Bible clearly states that, ".If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat." (2 Thessalonians 3:10)  We are doing a disservice to our children if we do not both live out this passage and teach them the value of work.  If your child refuses to work, don't let him eat!  He won't starve.  (Grandkids, I know you're loving this, aren't you?)

If you need a short Bible study project, look up the verses in the Proverbs that speak of the sluggard. In fact it would be a great project for the children to see what God has to say about the benefit of work versus slothfulness.  Have them do it if they are old enough to read. Have you ever noticed that God has the answers to life's questions if we will only seek them?

Have a busy, profitable day,

I'm linking today with my friend Linda at Prairie Flower Farm:



Amen. i think of donald trump's kids and how they were expected to work hard at school and work. they dont have the entitlement character flaw like most wealthy descendant kids.
perserverance pays off. after college, it took 2yrs of interviews to get a job. worth the effort and waiting on what God had planned.

Dicky Bird

Amen! "Hard work never killed anybody" heard it, said it, believe it. Even kids recognize laziness. My girls are quick to point out when they see it. Blessings from Wisconsin!


Excellent post! My 10-year-old granddaughter is spending a lot of time with me right now and is doing a lot of decluttering and organizing of her things. She is planning to be ready and organized for 5th grade when school starts. She has also been helping me with laundry -- mostly taking the dry items off the clothesline and folding them, then putting them away. (Of course this is a fun task since my clothesline is on a pulley off a balcony!) Learning to work is indeed a blessing in the end. Thanks for sharing.


So true! Both of mine are expected to help around the house - cleaning rooms, laundry, dishes, etc. We've recently begun working on vacuuming and bathrooms. I try to tell them helping with these things is important because they are part of a family. They know that they have an important role that makes our home and our family successful. Heather

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