My hubby and I were talking the other night about this very thing…
Have you noticed that in general, the confidence and competence of our society has eroded? The entitlement generation which began a few years back has produced a people group who are easily offended, who want it all NOW, and who require constant affirmation. And lest you think this is limited to the twenty somethings, think again. This infection is now widespread among all generations.
And while the hard-workin’ days of our grandparents might have been to excess, at least they brought to the table integrity, strength, ability, patience and perseverance. LOVE that perseverance part!
Lindon and I both had parents that expected nothing less than hard-work, without complaint, and often without credit. For us, we really don’t know any different. We’ve tried to improve the standard by recognizing and complimenting hard work (and I mean HARD WORK…not just sissy mary stuff…lol!), understanding the value of balance, and keeping priorities in order, but by far and large we still have high expectations for ourselves and push our limits.
And in spite of the current trend, we still know many who operate much the same way. They may be the exception, but they are surely present. We have friends and family we respect enormously, and in our line of business, have had the pleasure of meeting several young families who are knocking it out of the park. Heels are dug in, there are no complaints to be found, and forward motion is the only option. They are committed to working hard and doing what is right. Hope is not lost!
Colossians 3:23 is one of our favorites, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” For us, this is a great perspective keeper, reminding us who we are working for and from whom we should seek our comfort, motivation, inspiration, encouragement and support.
Where do you fall in the spectrum?