Train the child
It's your duty to teach your child and youth the basic work Ethics:
Learn to Be Happy in Labor
children must be taught that no job will be without its discouraging times. One has to learn that you take the rough with the smooth, and learn and grow thereby. One sees so many young adults who bounce from one job to another, ever seeking to “find” themselves. Seemingly, some never do.
Work Is for Family
Teach your children that a vocation that allows him or her to have quality family time is more important than a high-wage position where one is out of town most of the time. Some wives complain because their husbands are on the road so much, yet they revel in the things those super-incomes can obtain.
The lack of precious time with your children can never be retrieved when they are gone from your home.
Working unto the Lord
The most important thing that a parent can train his child to recognize is the fact that his occupation needs to be consistent with a Christian life.
Guide your youngsters away from vocations that are questionable in ethics, or that tend to create tempting situations. Train them to plan toward an occupation in which they can devote quality time to the church, attending at least most of the services, and being able to assume responsibilities that work for the welfare of the congregation as a whole.
Service to Christ should be the most driving force in one’s life (Mt. 6:33).
Designed for Work
Finally, reflect upon this. The work ethic was given to man in the garden — even before the original Fall.
“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to keep it”(Gen. 2:15).
From that early time, responsible spiritual people have acknowledged that whatever one’s secular vocation may be, ultimately, God is the Supervisor for whom they labor (Eph. 6:5-6), and he is to be glorified thereby.
Remember also that the Son of God was a carpenter before he became a preacher. How satisfying it must have been to have owned a piece of furniture made with those diligent hands!
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.
( WAYNE JACKSON)