Work ethic today in our culture has somehow become a thing that a lot of people don’t want to talk about. As LIFE Founder Orrin Woodward wrote in his blog, at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, Ashton Kutcher was talking about work ethic. The people in the audience seemed to be interested in what he was speaking about, but you could tell it wasn’t something that our young folks normally think of. Even in to my generation, (I am 45 years old at the time of this writing), it’s becoming unpopular to be excited about working hard and doing something productive with your time. We are becoming more and more dependent on our government, our families and friends, and our banks (we can borrow money and rob Peter to pay Paul, etc.), but the fact of the matter is we were all designed to work and do work for the glory of God. We always have been; perhaps some of us have forgotten that or didn’t know it in the first place.
One of my favorite comedy movies is Dumb and Dumber, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Sadly, some of the comedy in it tells us where our society is at in terms of work ethic. In one of the scenes, the characters Harry Dunn and Lloyd Christmas are discussing having just lost their jobs and how they had been all around the town looking for work. One of them complains,
“There are no jobs in this town!”
To which the other replies,
“Yeah, unless you want to work 40 hours a week!”
Through the years, people have become less dependent on the work THEY do and more dependent on the work someone ELSE does. Whether someone is dependent on their parents, their aunts and uncles, their friends and neighbors, or the government (which is becoming increasingly popular,) it affects society. Lack of work ethic is slowing things down. A recent article in the Washington Post shows government subsidies. 49.1% of people in the first quarter of 2011 were dependent on the government in some way.
Well, somebody had to work in order to make those services available for everyone else. About half of our culture is working harder than the other half. I believe part of the reason for this is because for some reason people have come to believe work is an ugly thing and someone else should do it. In some cases, people may be arrogant and feel they are “above” certain types of jobs, and would rather be unemployed than humble themselves to take a less impressive job.
The bottom line is this: we are all supposed to work and bring glory to God. I am all for being financially independent and live your day by the clock and your life by a vision, as the late Zig Ziglar used to say. Wake up when you want and vacation when you want. We should all earn the right to do that through our own work ethic.
Below I am sharing some verses from the Bible that you can study on the subject of work ethic. Anywhere the Christian work ethic has been installed, prosperous times have followed.