Tuesday night as I was going to bed, I said to my husband, “Do you think we will ever have a day where we are not tired when we wake up?”
Ever since I started working at the end of August, I feel like I am always tired (sometimes very tired; sometimes just tired.)
Then on the way into work on Wednesday, I was reading the Bible aloud as my husband drove; and I read this verse in Proverbs.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29
Not only had I been very tired on Tuesday night, but my girls had been tired too. They had not wanted to do homework or be diligent about what they needed to do for school. I could tell that they felt like their work should be over as school was over, and that their teachers had assigned too much homework.
We had a good time then on Wednesday discussing how God rewards those who are diligent. Those who work hard will gain the respect of those who hold high positions and future employers. Hard work is hard, but it has rewards!
Of course, we need to balance hard work with getting sleep and to make sure that our families do not suffer from us working all the time; but being tired is a good thing if it is due to us working an honest job and providing for our own family. Our children need to see us setting an example of being diligent. Our children need to see moms and dads who are diligent about working about the house to keep it looking decent and orderly. (This has been harder for me now that I am working full-time.)
One of my daughters came to my classroom yesterday after school, and I asked her how much homework she had. With a little bit of surprise in her voice, she answered, “None! We had so many quizzes and tests, that he didn’t have time to teach any new information.” I then asked her if it was worth it to have to work so hard on Tuesday night so that she had no homework on Wednesday night, which is the night we stay through after school and go to church at night. None of the kids like to have a lot of homework on that night. She was happy about being free to play with friends and agreed that Tuesday’s homework was now worth it. Of course, getting good grades on those tests also helped her as she saw the fruit of her diligence.
Hard work is a way of life; but when we are diligent with a good attitude, we will see rewards! We need to model being diligent in our work to our children; and our children need to experience the rewards of being diligent at a young age, so that they too will grow up to work hard — to be diligent!
How do you model being diligent? How do you encourage your children to be diligent? I would love to know!
Along the theme of being diligent, I enjoyed the following post from last week’s party:
- When You Just Don’t Want To . . . from Candace Creates. This post talks about doing your hardest tasks (or the tasks you hate to do) first so that you get them done!
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