Finding Joy in Work
Yesterday was Labor Day. It is the day in which we as a nation remember the contribution faithful employees make to our social, economic, and overall welfare of the nation. When children come to school each year, they bring a sense of excitement and adventure about learning. For some children, the excitement lasts the entire year, for others, it might last a few weeks.
So how do we encourage our children to find joy in learning? How do we help them develop a good attitude toward schoolwork? One way is by showing a genuine interest in their schoolwork. Study with them for tests. Ask what new things they learned in school today. Another way is to be a guide in helping them solve difficult problems from their assignments.
Showing appreciation for small gains they are making goes a long ways. Sometimes sharing some of your experiences helps them to realize that school is a challenge for everyone at some point. In addition, when you show how much you value learning by reading books or attending classes, this will help your child to understand that learning is a life long process.
Finally, remind your child that God wants them to learn so that when they are adults they can contribute to the welfare of God’s kingdom. In Colossians 4:23, we read, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” God wants us to be faithful in our work. He did not say that we all should be straight-A students. He gives each of us different gifts and varying degrees of abilities. In addition, God wants our children to bring their cares and concerns to him and ask for his blessings on their schooling. Thank you, Lord, for working in our hearts to be faithful in our jobs and relying on your blessing our labors. Help us all to find satisfaction in a job well done!