Word 4U Today


‘Do your own job … not lying around sponging off your friends’ 1 Thessalonians 4:11 TM


If you’re familiar with the show ‘Young Apprentice’, you’ve probably witnessed a cleverly edited program about a group of pretentious teenagers telling us they’re the next big thing and how much money they’re going to make.

You might find yourself wanting to offer these young-guns a slap and a complementary chill pill.

But at the other end of the spectrum is the stereotype of the work-shy-sponging-off-parents teenager half asleep on the sofa.

Calling in ‘sick’ to classes. Now, this might not be quite your style, but we have to be wary – laziness is something that will catch you right out if you let it (check out Proverbs 13:4).

Are we condemning you? Nah, we just want you to make the most of the time on your hands.

In Acts 18 we read about Paul. Even as he travelled around, in between preaching and teaching,

he made tents to provide for himself, not always relying on people to provide for him.

Tents. What a hero, right?

But he worked with dedication and persistence in something that wasn’t the important, central part of his life’s mission, in order to allow it to go on. So wherever life is taking you, work hard as if you were doing it for the Lord himself (Colossians 3:23).

What now?

List all the things you spend time doing in a week and estimate the hours of time spent on each. Is your balance right, or does something need to change?

Joy Ferdiz

September 10th, 2013

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