Now that the title of today’s blog may have captured your attention, the word I am going to discuss here may not be what you are thinking. There is a growing trend in our country to avoid this word at all costs. Saying this word makes people cringe and even cause others to run away from you when you speak it. Some people may even be moved to cuss if they were expected to fulfill the meaning of this word. What is this word? It’s a simple four letter word. WORK! W-O-R-K! That’s right, in the middle of this instant gratification, fast-food, give me something for nothing society, the word, WORK, is a curse word!

Let’s get one thing straight, right here and right now. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary! The scripture clearly tells us, ‘if you don’t work, you don’t eat.’ History is proliferated with entire communities that collapsed when trying to implement the communal living. Take for instance Jamestown, Virginia. In a nutshell, they had a community where all the fruit of their labors was put into a communal barn for all to partake of. This meant anyone, from the lazy bum to the wealthy bum, could freely take from the barn whatever they needed for their survival. It didn’t take long to feel the repercussions of this communal philosophy. The one’s who were laboring everyday and having to give their hard-earned ‘fruit’ to the lazy began to stop laboring. They were tired of rewarding the lazy. Soon Jamestown on the verge of extinction. The food had run out, there was no future ‘fruit’ to look forward to, and many of the people were sick and close to dying. It wasn’t until a man by the name of Captain John Smith walked into Jamestown and he began to implement this same little principle…’If you don’t work, you don’t eat!’ Every man was given a plot of land to sow upon and every man was able to enjoy the fruit of his own labor. From this point on, Jamestown began to thrive and flourish. Why? Because of one dirty little word called WORK!

As we move into the nitty-gritty of weeks of this challenge, it should be obvious how necessary it is to have a mind to work. Over the course of these last four weeks, nothing has been handed to you on a silver platter. If you gained anything it was because you worked for it. If you have lost weight, it was because you put your body into motion or you denied yourself all the foods you lazily took into your body in past times. You have worked hard to get to this place and it didn’t come easy. By now you have learned, without a shadow of a doubt, you are learning the true meaning of the word, WORK. Though you may be reading this with dirty hands, the word WORK is no longer a word to run from but word of value to cling to.