'Yes, get to work! For I am with you.' The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! 'Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I'm living and breathing among you right now. Don't be timid. Don't hold back.'" Haggai 2:5 (MSG)
I come from a tradition of hard workers. I grew up watching my father, the accountant, as he put in long hours and tapped away on his really cool adding machine during tax season. The clickety-clickety clack still resonates in my head. My grandfather's 35 year tie clip from Goodyear Tire Company sits on my dresser, a reminder of perseverance and the honor of hard work.
I never heard a sermon about hard work growing up, nor can I remember being lectured on the subject by my parents. It was, however, modeled for me by them, and by my grandparents. It wasn't out of balance. There was always time for rest in the day. There was time set aside in the year for vacation. Nevertheless, there was no question that you were expected to "make hay while the sun shines."
I believe that there's been a shift in our culture away from the work ethic which created the prosperity which we enjoy. As the number of distractions grow, our focus on hard work is diverted. Our culture wants all the perks that come with hard work, but would rather not do the work itself.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get to work.