“In all labor there is profit.” Pr 14:23 NKJV
The ant never sees work as menial or beneath his dignity. Whether it’s moving dirt or carrying bread crumbs, he merrily goes along doing his job. Sadly, many people aren’t like that today. Someone has quipped, “If you want to keep your teenagers out of hot water, put some dirty dishes in it!” All work can and should be done for the glory of God (See 1Co 10:31). The sum of the matter is found in this simple Bible statement: “In all labor there is profit.” Teach your children the old-fashioned way of getting money—working for it! The word “vocation” comes from the Latin word vocare, which means “to call.” So every job or vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rightly declared, “Not all men are called to specialized or professional jobs; even fewer to the heights of genius in the arts and sciences; many are called to be laborers in factories, fields, and streets. But no work is insignificant.” As a parent you are preparing your child for their work life, so prepare them well. If you don’t, they’ll have a life of grief, and create a life of grief for others. Plus, they may end up back on your doorstep! Bosses don’t pay workers who don’t work. So before you give your child an allowance, give them some chores like making their bed, cleaning their room, helping around the house, taking out the garbage, etc. In addition, they need to maintain good grades in school and do their homework on time. Reward without responsibility is indulgence. And if you love your child you won’t do that!