Are You a Victim or a Worshiper?

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” – Proverbs 12:11

Today, I want to share a few words on work especially for the young guys and their dads.

First, the educational system is broken, and we are preparing victims and voters, not workers and worshipers. For too many people, the whole goal of getting an education is to figure out who to blame that life is hard then vote for someone to make your life easier so you don’t have to work so hard. As men of God, we’re not here to raise up victims and voters but workers and worshipers. There’s nothing wrong with work; it’s actually really good for a man, starting young. 

Second, young men are wasting their energy on fake reality and dumb dominion. Video games and virtual reality are dumb dominion. Who cares if you are the king of a fake universe? No one but you. 

Third, don’t settle for a joke job. Joke jobs are what guys do to pretend like they’re working. There’s a whole generation of guys doing this. It’s not a sin to work a joke job if you’re trying to find your career path, but if you are thinking, “I’m just going to deliver food to overweight people who need to leave the house and go for a walk. I’m just going to work a couple of hours a day so I can screw around for the rest of the day. I’m not going to build a career, build a portfolio, get a wife, have kids, develop anything, or produce anything. I’m going to work as little as I can so I have time for recreation, leisure, and screwing around,” then you are a joke with a joke job.

Let me tell you what I tell my sons. I will repeat this over and over. If you just get your head on straight, get out of bed in the morning, go to work, and work hard, you’re getting a 10-year head start on the fools’ parade that is your generation. You don’t even have to be smart or skilled. If you just stay sober, show up, and try, you’re 10 years ahead of the conga line to Hell that is your peers. Then, if you’ll be humble and ask your boss, “What do I need to do? I want to move up in this company, take on more responsibility, lift burdens for others, and make more money. How do I do that?” then stay quiet and obedient, you are a miracle. The lunacy in our day is an amazing opportunity for God’s men to lead, generate revenue, produce results, and get things done.

Fourth, young men are like trucks, and they drive straighter with a load. I’ve said this for decades. If you’ve driven a two-wheel drive rig in the snow or rain, the rear wheels are all over the road. It’s hard to keep it straight. Young men are like trucks; they have a lot of energy, but unless you load them up with responsibility, they’re going to end up in the ditch. Young men need more responsibility, not less. Men drive straighter with a load. 

You are a man, not a baby. If you’re a man of God and you have the Holy Spirit in you, you want to be a man, not just a boy who can shave. You want people to be able to count on you and not be constantly dependent on other people to rescue you. You want your wife and kids to be blessed because of your work. There is something deeply satisfying at the soul level when you come home to your wife and kids who are living indoors because of you, wearing clothes because of you, and sitting down to eat dinner together because of you. Those are your kids and, if they have you, they should not need the government to do your job. That is your wife and, if she has you, she can feel secure that her man is a good man and good at being a man. 

Men who provide for their families in this way need to encourage and honor one another. If you’re one of these men, I want to honor, appreciate, and salute you. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s devotional on being a real man. 

What is the current work God has given you? How is it going? 

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