I am going to ask that you do not confuse this series to be political. Even as I like to discuss politics, and do so at times on this blog, this is not a political article; this is a word from the Lord.

I am currently a Martial Arts Instructor and a Schoolteacher in a private Christian school where I teach Spanish, Bible and Physical Education. I used to be a Social Worker who retired from that field because of the frustration I felt of not being able to effectively help people due to their constant worship and adoration of the welfare system in America. Many times I would tell my clients: “The system is limited, but you are not!” However, the great majority would rather go after the government’s checks than to go after the dignity of working and making a living. The Bible gives us a clear message in 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 concerning the Biblical mandate that we all have to make our own living:

11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.” NASB

Not having a job when we are able to have one is a sign of an undisciplined life; it is also considered a terrible testimony. The word “busybody” in the Greek means: “Everywhere doing everything but doing nothing.” Also, this word is associated with the word “gossip”. This whole week I have being meditating on the reality of laziness in our country. I see it firsthand through many of the children I teach.

These days I have had a few parents approach me, concerned about their children’s laziness. One particular mom came to me in tears for her son. It hit me very hard because, as a father, I deal with some of that laziness at home with my own children.


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