God's way described in the verses below is the best way to think and work and live. I especially love this one because it gives the why about working. To help others.
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
This excerpt below comes from James Whiddon, who wrote a book called The Old School Advantage. It helps us remember timeless tools for every generation.
His website is:theoldschool.cool
2237 DANGER OF SELF-ESTEEM “I recently took a photo at an American public school of a flowery poster with the words “Dream until your dreams come true.” That’s bad advice. That advice cultivates a self-righteous sense of entitlement. Better advice might be, "Work until your dreams come true." That might not sound as good, but it would be one notch closer to reality. A truer statement, possibly suitable for framing, would be, "Work in pursuit of your dreams, but realize that life is what happens while you are making other plans. Tomorrow may never come or may be unrecognizably different."
Self-esteem at age 15 is setting her up for disappointment and resentment at age 25. I have witnessed this trajectory many times. Soaring self-esteem in childhood and adolescence, carefully nurtured by parents and teachers, predictably leads to a crash after college, typically about 3 to 5 years after graduation, when it slowly dawns on the young adult—the same adult who had been so talented as an adolescent—that she’s actually not as talented as she thought. She discovers that just because she was repeatedly told that she is amazing does not mean that she is, in reality, amazing.
Put bluntly, the culture of self-esteem leads to a culture of resentment. If I am so wonderful, but my talents are not recognized and I’m still nobody at age 25, working in a cubicle—or not working at all—then I may feel envious and resentful of those who are more successful than me.
Many parents confuse self-esteem with courage, just as some parents tend to confuse humility with timidity and cowardice. To be courageous means that you recognize the risks and your own limitations, but you find the resolve to move forward anyhow. The young person with bloated self-esteem, unaware of her own deficiencies, is unlikely to do well in the job interview. But the young person who is genuinely interested in what the recruiter has to say is more likely to get the job.” Excerpt From: Sax, Leonard. “The Collapse of Parenting.”
Colossians 3: 23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.