WHY I THINK YOU CAN’T TEACH SOMEONE TO HAVE A STRONG WORK ETHIC…

We are born with innate strengths and weaknesses that can help us ‘succeed’ in life according to the world’s definition of success.

Some people are naturally more focused…more calm…more assertive.

Some people are naturally more driven, and others are naturally more, well how can I put this…LAZY.

The fact is that some people must force themselves to do what is necessary. Some people are natural procrastinators.

I don’t think think a strong work ethic is necessarily learned. And here’s my anecdotal reason why…

Three children can be born into the same family and raised in the same house with a father and mother who modeled a strong work ethic. Both parents could have demanded a strong work ethic by forcing all three children to do numerous chores. They may punish them harshly for not doing their assigned tasks or reward them greatly for doing the well. No matter how much those parents enforce and drill a strong work ethic into their children…one or more of those children may still struggle to keep a job or do the things necessary to maintain their lives once they grow up.

Have you ever seen children raised in the same family with strong work values but have one or more grow up to be lazy or underachievers living beneath their potential?

Think about it.

Some things can’t be taught.

That’s why we have to constantly ask God the specific prayer to help us and bless us beyond our individual innate weaknesses… in other words, the weaknesses He gave us.

Remember, His strength is made perfect in weakness. GOD IS GREATER THAN THE WEAKNESSES THAT HE GAVE YOU…

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NKJV)

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

ROCK BOTTOM…SOME PRODIGALS DON’T COME BACK

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HOW YOU PROVE YOU’RE AGAINST ABORTION OR FOR BLACK LIVES BEYOND POLITICS OR PICKET SIGNS…

Equality in accountability!!!

Many people who claim they want to protect the unborn prove they don’t have enough value for many of the lives that were blessed to be born.

Many people who claim that Black Lives Matter don’t show enough love to the Black Lives who are in their own lives.

Do you believe someone deserved to die because of their behavior while calling someone else a patriot for the same behavior?

Do you feel that giving direct help to the poor is not a priority while justifying reasons to ‘bail out’ those who aren’t…believing that it will trickle down?

Jesus Himself fed over 5000 able bodied people and then demanded that the fragments be collected so that none be wasted. He was both a fiscal liberal and conservative in the same miracle.

Matthew 6:1-12 (NIV)

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

One of the reasons that Israel was exiled was because of their denial of justice and lack of concern for the poor…

Isaiah 10:1-4 (NIV)

Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless.
What will you do on the day of reckoning,
    when disaster comes from afar?
To whom will you run for help?
    Where will you leave your riches?
Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives
    or fall among the slain.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.

Many people claim they care about Black Lives, but how do they treat the Black people in their own lives?

How many Black homeless people have they noticed and then looked away?

How many Black people in need have they ignored?

How are they treating the Black people in their own lives?

1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

It’s easy to get caught up in a politics or a movement, but we prove what’s really in our hearts by what we do day to day.

As many people point fingers at one another and accuse, they prove the one thing we can all be equal in is being hypocrites.

1 John 3:18 (NKJV)

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

SHHHHH, LET THEM REVEAL WHO THEY REALLY ARE…

Sometimes you just have to be SILENT and LISTEN while the people around you reveal who they really are.

Don’t interrupt. Don’t ask any questions. Just let them talk.

Just watch and they will prove what and who is important to them. Really, we have all done this…


Sometimes, when someone says…

“I didn’t meant what I said!”

...that they really meant…

” I didn’t mean to say that out loud!”


Proverbs 29:11 (NKJV)

11 A fool vents all his (A)feelings,[a]
But a wise man holds them back.


Let them speak out of the abundance of their heart and don’t respond with your mouth.

Respond by making more wise decisions in how you relate to them.

Matthew 12:34-35 (NKJV)

34 Brood[a] of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure [b]of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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