Have you ever believed something but were not exactly sure why you believed it? You knew it in your heart but yet circumstances in your life would challenge your assertions of that belief. You could just not quite pinpoint why it was true for you but you knew it was. I've felt that way about a belief I've had for the past few years but only when I truly examined it did I know why. Unless you were already like minded, I couldn't convince you of it. I just knew it.
So how many times has this happened to you? You work hard, you do the "right" things and pay your bills, put food on the table, family first, never miss a payment, went to college and got a great job, have a lot of debt and then wonder why your neighbor or that man in the grocery store has a Rolex and you don't?Perhaps it is even more blatant. Maybe you're a landlord showing a rental property to a Section 8 tenant and her live in boyfriend shows up driving a brand new Ford Explorer completely loaded. She has kids with the man but is not married to him to avoid getting docked her monthly cut from the government. So he lives with her and they live in style on your tax dollars having the government pay their rent and hand them food stamps while you drive a 1995 Ford Taurus just doing what you can to make ends meet paying the mortgage, working a full time job, trying to put your kids through school, and take care of your family. Did you ever have a weak moment and say "What Am I Doing Wrong?".
I remember when I used to work at the Ford Plant in Brook Park, Ohio we had a gentleman (gentleman is being nice) on our line who flaunted his seniority for maximum break time while collecting the full pay. His way or the highway, intimidation 101. I was much younger but had a bull head and if you knew me then, then you knew that I didn't matter what size you were or if you could kick my arse, I was going to speak my mind. It got me into to trouble but it was also teaching me something else. I inherently knew this man was a disservice to not only the company but to his own health as well, it showed in his gut. Yet I could not at that time, pinpoint it. I felt blessed to be able to work and I felt that his laziness was a curse. Despite his flaunting of getting paid for sitting on his rear, I knew better. He was the loser and it reflected in his personal life in some serious ways.
In light of the times we are in I decided I needed to take another hard look at WHY I believe in spite of the current set of circumstances, my life is blessed and the "benefits" that the new health care policies will in turn create will quickly become the curse, a result of the unearned entitlement mentality (laziness).
What I have found about the foundation my belief system is solid:
God ordained work as a blessing for mankind and His Kingdom (Genesis 1:28). God also practices what he preaches, as the Lord himself testified in John 5:17. For me, that is more than enough to know that when I am working, I experience a blessing. Yet, there is more to solidify that belief. Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-8 the following:
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you have received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat.
Thank you, Paul! Enough said. The foundation upon which I believe that if I am working I am being blessed and honoring God stands. If you are being taught the contrary in your church or school, it's dead wrong and you're setting yourself up for disappointment, frustration, unhappiness, and failure (in no particular order).
I will, however, not just use the Bible as a reference point for this but also refer to an author who held firm in her belief that God did not exist. John Galt, a character made famous by Ayn Rand's masterpiece "Atlas Shrugged" took to task the idle mind with this statement:
No, you do not have to think; it is an act of moral choice. But someone had to think to keep you alive; if you choose to default then you default on existence and you pass the deficit to some moral man, expecting him to sacrifice his good for the sake of letting you survive by your evil. -John Galt, Atlas Shrugged
The idle mind, the slothful and lazy man is being defined as evil according to Rand. The Bible concurs:
Proverbs 18:9: Whoever is lazy in his work is related to a vandal
For those of this lifestyle, the curse can take on many forms. It may be the house he owns or rents shows signs of major disrepair and sloppiness (Ecclesiastes 10:18). Laziness leaves visual clues and signs of potential, if not already apparent problems and likely will show signs in body (health) or mental acuteness. Begging will eventually ensue in one form or another and with that comes a lost sense of self worth. Consider Proverbs (6:10,11 and 19:15). The welfare state is not only a form begging, it's a form of theft. Those who would not condone the laziness and fraud perpetuated in the welfare state are forced to or they will face jail time. The legendary "War on Poverty" has created more poverty since it's inception than it has cured. The welfare tallies continue to rise and with it so do the number of idle minds, debilitated bodies, and atrophied spirits.
I want none of that. My love of God, family, and life is too great and my self worth is too important to leave to somebody else to decide. I'm not a number or a statistic. I am not a victim though I am part of the most discriminated class of people since before the Civil Rights era. You'll not find me among the "Protected Classes" in Fair Housing Law. I am an individual. I've been blessed with an able body and a sound mind. To let them waste under the "mercy" of the federal government is a punishment worse than death itself. It is a curse.
I can only pray that otherwise able bodies and minds lost in the mire of government welfare will see the values of self worth and hard work. I can only pray that they break of the chains of slavery crushing the human spirit and are released from the societal onslaught subordinating them to a state of victim-hood. No amount of unearned material gains can replace the contentedness and joy that self worth brings. Regrets at your deathbed are no way to go out.......