January 17, 2017
Lamentations 3:27 says, “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” Don’t ever get the idea that children should not have to work when they are children. We need to teach them industry.
Sometimes it’s easier to do things yourself than to get children to do them, right? A four-year-old is old enough to gather and empty the trash. But you have to help him pick it up and guide him. A six-or seven-year-old can help with the dishes and yard work, too. Also, when children go to school, that’s a part of their work as well.
Some say, “Pastor Rogers, don’t you want children to play?” Of course! But this summer a lot of kids will be saying, “There’s nothing to do!” They’ll be bored. Around my house, I was afraid to act bored because my dad would find something for me to do. Let them work so that when they play, their play will be a whole lot sweeter."