Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 6

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Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
      Learn from their ways and become wise!
Proverbs 6:6 (NLT)

I often tell the story of my Grandpa Vander Well. A life-long educator, when he hit mandatory retirement from teaching he took over the school lunch and bus programs. Years later he was told that he had to retire from that position. He promptly found a job as bailiff at the county courthouse. He held that job until he was in his 90’s and the judge called him into chambers to tell him, “Herman, I’m tired of having to wake you  up to take the jury out. It’s time for you to retire.”

A short time later he was moved to a nursing home where he gave himself the job of welcoming committee for new residents. He would take it upon himself to show people around and teach them the ropes. “The day I stop working,” he was fond of saying, “is the day I die.” He wasn’t far off.

As a young man I underestimated the generational impact that my Dutch Protestant heritage had on me. The work ethic that my grandfather inherited from his Dutch immigrant father and the culture of his upbringing was impressed upon his children and his children’s children. There is a lot to be learned and profited from a willingness to work and the honor of doing a job well.

I feel a rant coming on. I will, however, spare you the reading. Today, I’m thankful for the example of my parents, grandparents, and ancestors who honored both work and rest. I’m thankful for both my labor and my leisure.

It’s Monday morning. Time to get back to work.

3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 6”

  1. 20 My son, obey your father’s commands,
    and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

    I am in the midst of attempting to raise a young man and young woman (now 11 and 8). We are entering the “Im smarter than you” years and having many discussions around who is in charge at our home. It’s interesting that I really do rely on my mom and dad’s instruction from years ago when I am making daily decisions about parenting and life. The importance of Godly parental instruction can NOT be overlooked in our society. Much of our societal decay is a result of lack of such instruction. God, help me to be the best dad I can possibly be and grant that my instruction will lead my children for a long, long time.

    1. I completely agree. If not for the instruction and discipline of my mother and grandparents I would be trying to figure everything out on my own. It’s amazing how the voice in my head used to bother me and yet now I am grateful for it.

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