And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

People of the older generation often speak of the lack of work ethic they observe in lives of today's young people. To them, the importance of a full day's work for a day's pay mentality no longer holds true. My forty-two year old son is in a place of authority over employees. He whole-heartily agrees. He has a bit of his Grandpa Ford's work ethic pulsing through his veins.

For many years, my Dad worked two jobs in order to provide for his middle class family. When able to have a day off, he pushed up his sleeves and worked either in the yard or inside helping Mom. He never thought housework was only women's work. He washed dishes, mopped floors and helped with laundry if needed. If he saw a job needing His assistance, he tackled it.

The more he aged, the less he could physically achieve; that troubled him. The sense of feeling needed made life worth living. When facing the likelihood of moving into a veteran's retirement home, he asked me who would wheel the trash barrel out to the curb for pickup. It nearly broke my heart.

Father, forgive me for grumbling about work you have assigned to me to carry out. Thank you for the work ethic I perceived in my Dad. In Jesus name, I pray and receive. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.
Pam Ford Davis