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Work and Rest

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"Go to the ant, you lazybones! Learn from their ways and become wise." (Proverbs 6:6)

Discussion

Ants have no captains, managers, supervisors or rulers but they gather and store food during the harvest time so they can eat in the lean seasons. We see two extreme types of people in the world. It is either 'work alone, no rest,' or 'rest alone, no work.' Both are against the nature and the God's plan. God created everything and took rest on the seventh day. Seventh day, viz., Sabbath, is the day for rest and restoration. That is the Godís order.

Now every thing is in upside down with human experiments. The end result is sickness, worry, poverty, war, restlessness, no sleep, family breakdown and confusion. Students are not ready to work and they are now a frustrated stock. Workers are not ready to work and they are lethargic and non-motivated. Elders are in couch, killing time and live in aimlessness. If laziness turns us from our responsibilities, poverty may soon bar us from the legitimate rest we should enjoy. All the works are holy. Do our work diligently as it is for God. He gives the rewards. Today or tomorrow you will reap what you sow .

Bill Gates' father grew up with the fear of depression and stock market crash. When His grandfather was 8 years old, Bill Gates, Sr. sold newspapers in the freezing cold streets in Alaska to help his family. He didnít go to movies or ball games. He didnít hunt fish or went for boating or biking. He rarely took vacation until the day he retired. Even after his grandfather retired, he did stints working in one furniture store.

In the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gate and his partner, Paul Allen, worked, ate, and slept in their first office in Albuquerque, where they wrote software programs. There were no days off in that situation either. Now Bill Gates, the richest man on the earth, runs one of the largest charity organizations and provides jobs for millions of people and inspires the world.

"Whoever works his land will have plenty of food but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty." (Proverbs 28:19)

Prayer

Jesus, thank you for the day given to us to work. Give us the health, motivation and interest to work. Lord, give jobs to those who are laid off and unemployed. Let everybody get the living wages. Let the employers give proper rest and vacation to the workers. We cry for the exploited people. We ask this in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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