The one who is lazy becomes poor,
but the one who works diligently becomes wealthy.
The one who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son,
but the one who sleeps during the harvest
is a son who brings shame to himself. -Proverbs 10:4-5 (NET)
We have sadly turned into a society that seems to sometimes promote the idea that everybody deserves to have exactly the same prosperity, regardless of personal effort. Even our children are being taught that “everybody is a winner; there are no losers.” Sadly, that is a lie. Not only that, many don’t succeed because they don’t put the same effort in as those who ‘win.’ Our social ‘safety nets’ have become social ‘baby cradles.’ This does not profit a person who could be more self-sufficient in the least. Part of being my “brother’s keeper” is to sometimes say no and insist that a person work for something.
God wants us to enjoy our lives in service to Him as a testament to His infinite love for us. His best for us always requires some action on our part, be it physical and/or spiritual. As James writes, “faith without works is dead.”