Drive time

Visit a construction site and observe the workers.

Discussion point: Unlike lazy workers, diligent workers become skilled at their craft.

Visit a construction site or another job site where you can observe the workers from a distance. As you watch the people working, ask your kids the discussion questions to help them evaluate the quality of the work being completed.

After observing the workers, pray with your children, asking that they become diligent workers who aim to do quality work with a willing and cheerful attitude.

Questions for discussion
  • Can you tell who are the hard workers and who are lazy?
  • If you were a boss, which kind of worker would you hire?
  • Do lazy workers get good at their jobs or become skilled workers?
  • What kind of worker would you want building a house for you?
  • Who watches you when you are working?
Key concepts

Lazy workers try to avoid work, or they will do a job as quickly as possible without being concerned about whether or not they are doing it well. They just want to get it done so they can sit or stand around. When work is done shoddily, walls end up being built crooked, paint is slopped on instead of spread smoothly and evenly, and areas that are supposed to be cleaned are given a “once over” instead of a thorough cleaning.

Diligent workers work efficiently and aim to do their jobs well. They make sure walls are built straight, that painting is done neatly and that areas are cleaned well. Because sloppy workers don’t try to do a job well, they don’t improve in their abilities nearly as much as someone who focuses on doing his or her best. Sometimes other people will watch you work, but even if you are working alone, God is there with you. The Bible tells us that we should work willingly and heartily, as though we are working for God.

Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men . . .”