I've just finished reading through Proverbs. The importance of a good work ethic really stood out to me. Here's a sampling of verses:
- A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. (Proverbs 10:4-5 ESV)
- Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. (Proverbs 12:11 ESV)
- In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23 ESV)
- Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. (Proverbs 18:9 ESV)
- Also: 19:15, 20:4, 24:33-34, 28:19
We've just started the process of hiring staff for Camp of Champions, and that brings the value of a good work ethic into real life. A staff member's personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing we look for when hiring. After that, I'm tempted to put a good work ethic as the second most important trait. (And even if it isn't #2, it's in the top 5 at least). If someone is a hard worker, they'll seek to learn what they don't know and strive to improve on the work they are doing.
Work Ethic is a Big Deal, so how do you grow it?
Work ethic is important. The Bible says it, real life shows it and we probably already knew it.
But how do you cultivate a good work ethic in your kids? How do you encourage it in people who clearly don't have it?
I'm all ears.