Saturday, 5 September 2015

Work Works!!

Work is perhaps the hardest thing to do and at the same time the most necessary thing to do.

 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

I come from a heritage of hard working people. My great grandparents, grandparents and parents always worked very hard and are diligent people. On my father's side, they came from a coal mining community in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and my mother's side is inundated with females who worked every day of their life since they were teenagers. They understood the value of hard work and were careful spenders because they knew what it took to earn a living.
Consequently, I grew up always working and expecting to work. My first job was as a cleaner in my church, while I was in high school. At a time in high school, I worked two jobs in addition to my studies. I worked as a waitress in a local restaurant, "The Charcoal Pit" and early mornings would meet up with my cleaning job.  Staying home relaxing was never an option in my life. I thank God for the family heritage that I have in the Whetstone and O'Neill family.
My parent's example showed me that the benefits of a good life would not be handed to me unless I worked for it.
I have so much respect for my hard working family members and friends. I especially look up to my Mother in love, Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa, who currently at the age of 72, still goes to the office every day, and displays enviable work ethics, such as always being on time. She inspires me to be strong and hard working.  I love to see someone who understands the value of work and stays committed to something even to the very end.

Sadly, this generation is different. Young people are being raised by TV and are inundated with a different work model through pop culture and the media. They've been shown to value all things superficial and to admire the lazy lifestyle of the rich and famous living off of old money and trust funds.

It's truly heart breaking, seeing the sheer volume of sacrifices parents make to sponsor their children's education and the child doesn't even appreciate the effort by attending classes.
I've witnessed almost daily, a generation of young people who feel entitled to everything the world has to offer. They expect people to cook and clean up after them as well as give them all the opportunities in life with little to no personal contribution. They expect their families to sponsor them to the best schools and they have no sense of duty or responsibility to pay back this investment, even worse is the fact that there is very little gratitude, reflected in their performance.

There have been times I just felt like physically shaking some people and telling them that this way of life is a false reality, an illusion that will eventually come crashing down on them.
When the girl/boy who has been spoiled all her/his life gets married, it will be a shock to find that there's actual work to do in the marital home. No good marriage and home can be successful without hard work and commitment.
In all fairness, this culture of false entitlement isn't limited to just the next generation.
I'm amazed when I see ladies my age (40, by the way), are comfortable being kept and cared for at home by their man, with no ambition or dreams of their own.
Ladies who believe that the purpose of their existence is to satisfy themselves and to amass personal luxuries. Ladies who value having the latest designers bag above their personal development and character building.

What can we do to change this lackadaisical approach to life? Being a kept man / woman or an entitled young person is no way to live.

Joseph in the Bible (Book of Genesis) is a great example of someone who could have lived an entitled, sheltered, spoiled life, but instead, he chose to develop character and live for his dreams. He was the beloved son of his father, Jacob. He had all the love and affection from his father and was always preferred above his brothers and treated special. One day, his jealous brothers (in response to a dream Joseph had that depicted them in a way they didn't appreciate) decided to kill him but eventually sold him as a slave to Egypt.

Joseph's life could have ended at that point. He could have self-destructed in self-pity and just given up. Instead, he braced up, built his character and worked hard. He became the best servant in Potiphar’s house and through a series of events, ended up in Pharaoh’s house as the Prime Minister of Egypt.

Joseph succeeded because he valued hard work. He was loyal, determined, wise and discerning. He was a man who eventually saved his family from famine because he was diligent in working in Egypt, a land that wasn't even his own.

Let's take Joseph as an example and step up our game. When given an opportunity to serve, let's do it with all our heart and might. When given tasks we don't enjoy, remember Joseph who was sold into slavery. He had to work in conditions where he had no control and no voice, yet he chose to do his work as unto the Lord. You don't read of him complaining or whining. You just see one promotion after the other because of his diligence and integrity. When things got even tougher for him and he went to prison, he became the best prisoner.

How you handle hard times is an indicator of your character. Your approach to hard work is an indicator of how far you will go in life.

Don't seek to be kept by any person. If you are blessed and favoured, promoted and projected, let it be because of your strong work ethic and character. Promotion that comes free doesn't last and certainly doesn't earn you the respect of those around you.
Find your path and work with all that's within you to accomplish your dream.

 Proverbs 6:6-11
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

The lesson is abundantly clear, hard work pays the hard worker.


  1. This is so inspiring! Right here is exactly what WORKS any and eveywhere in the world, nothing else topples this.God bless you Ma #YourUnusualFam. :)

  2. Thank you Victor. Indeed, hard work WORKS! Bless you and thanks for reading!

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  3. Thanks pastor Laurie for this inspiring topic. I am so bless.
    Work add color to vision.
    It takes commitment to ones vision that causes it to come to limelight.

  4. Nice write-up! You hit the nail on the mark, and am sure a lot of your readers will find your post, as an eye opener. Your incisive illustration however, may not sound as "a wake up call", and as a "note of warning" to those that care to listen, to use this this as their turning point, to never again go back to their "self indulgence and a lifestyle of self-seeking convenience" that yields little or no profit to self development. Ironically, as the contemporary young men and women become more and more enlightened, better informed and empowered intellectually to take on clear and present challenges, not a few have become more and more complacent in their approach to problem solving, by seeking the shortest-cut to results/success in all facet of human endeavors. Its the "jet age", whereby things are done with speed. Time have change. That Its no longer fashionable to "work" let alone "work hard". Things are done by any means necessary. Its the "ends" that matters more than the "means". They would rather dished out instructions to subordinates/house help/wife/husband or to a friend, to have things badly done, than to " lift their finger" to have things properly done, just to enjoy momentary convenience. They no longer see "dignity in labour". The Consequence of this subconscious approach is evident for all to see. "The Big Man syndrome". And many out there have carried on with their life in this delusion, waiting for the miracle that would make things fall into place, to happen. May God help us!

  5. Beautiful writeup ma, it's so true, thank you pastor Laurie Idahosa.


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