8/26 Proverbs: "Teach Them to Fish" Synergy #12

IN A NUTSHELL: Proverbs might be regarded as the comic strip of wisdom when it comes to wisdom regarding a work ethic.  A poor work ethic shows up in several ways; fear, laziness, stealing, excuses, and foolishness.  What pictures come to your mind? ICE BREAKER: At what moment on your path to maturity did it hit you, “No gifts, no favors, if I’m going to attain this (car, job, house, etc.) I am going to have to work for it?” Tell your story!


  1. Proverbs 18:9  Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
  2. Proverbs 22:13   The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”
  3. Proverbs 13:4  The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
  4. Proverbs 21:25    The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
  5. Proverbs 12:27    Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
  6. Proverbs 20:17   Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
  7. Proverbs 28:19  Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
  8. Check out other Scriptures that refer to a Christian work ethic.
  9. Kenneth O Gangel has a significant article referring to Vocational Counseling though it references mostly dated materials.
  10. A good kit of reference materials for parents to use with their children has been developed around Larry Burkett's "Your Career in Changing Times"


  1. Have you tended to view work more as drudgery, or opportunity?
  2. Have you found any regular activity in your life to be a combination of both labor and enjoyment also maybe known as a “fulfilling job”?
  3. How might children most effectively be taught the value of work?


  1. Be sure to look at the Milestones as supported on the Pinterest Page. Many resources for all ages are available.
  • 1.  Birth — Twenty Tips for Teaching Children to Work
  • 2. Baptism — From Crayons to Career by Cheri Fuller
  • 3. Adolescence — Choosing Your Career by M.E. Clark;  Sonlight's College and Career Planning Kit
  • 4. Adulthood — On My Own Handbook by Bobb Biehl; Your Career In Changing Times by Burkett
  • 5. Refinement — Career Crossover by Harper Your Money after the Big 5-0 by Burkett