Virtue: Willingness & Ability to Work

I think the key word here is willingness.  Why?  Because this is a choice, it is cheerfully consenting or ready.  I see a lack of willingness under our roof…all. the. time.

I had my first official job outside the home when I was 15.  I worked at Arby’s, glamourous I know.  The uniform was fabulous back in the day, not.  I loved working the drive-thru and running the cash register.  I disliked wiping down the tables in the dining area, emptying out the garbage, and cleaning the bathrooms, so gross

…but I did it. willingness.

I was responsible, I showed up on time and didn’t call in sick.  I was a hard worker with good work ethic.  I loved to work and connect with others.

I know my parents would be the first to tell you that when it came to doing things around the house to contribute to the family, like pick up after myself, clean my room, put away clean clothes, wash the dishes, clean the bathroom, vacuum, and dust — I rolled my eyes.  I talked about how life wasn’t fair.  I was not full of and overflowing with willingness. {UNLESS, I knew I would get something of significant value in return}…

…I complained. unwilling.

The ability to work is a priceless gift, the blessing.  My heart breaks for those who are willing to work, but don’t have the ability.  Who truly and authentically don’t have the power to act or perform.

I can’t wrap my arms around or comprehend why those who have the ability, those who are fully capable, competent, skilled, and talented — choose not to work, who are unwilling to do what it takes to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.

I am so grateful that God has blessed me and my children with the ability to work.

I’ve seen people get into a rut of unwillingness — I’ve seen an attitude of entitlement spring up in all ages which feeds the unwillingness.  I’ve seen pride and ego steal willingness from those who once were willing to work who are fully capable and have the ability.  I’ve seen anger, resentment, and bitterness build up in people’s lives that blocks the attitude willingness to work because of a past experience.

We are all called to be responsible and carry our own load when we are blessed and gifted with the ability.

I share this scripture frequently with my boys with the hope that they will always remember; we have an audience of ONE…

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23

I pray, “Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.  And Father, my they embrace the significance of their ability; the strength, talents, skill, and capacity you’ve given them to be of service and work.  May I be a living example of this virtue for them.  Amen.


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  1. says

    I was just talking about work ethic with my children last week! I, too, worked from the age of 15 — I worked at a trophy shop, putting together winning trophies for other people. Yes, very glamourous as well!

    What a great reminder to instill the value of willingness into our children.

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