Abraham Lincoln, the famous U.S. President, commented that if God did not want us to work, he would have given us no hands. Truly, it is only through toil and sweat that man can get things done. We would have no food, if farmers did not work hard in sun and in shower.
We would have had no houses, if construction workers had not carried heavy loads to erect the building. Work is, indeed, necessary for every good thing achieved. And can you expect a good result in the examination, if you take your studies lightly and fail to burn the mid night oil? Hence, never look down upon a labourer, or express disgust at someone’s job.
Treat any type of work as worship and do it whole-heartedly. We should not feel ashamed to perform little tasks. Helping mother in the kitchen, dusting the house, fetching groceries, or handing a spanner to father, while he repairs a bicycle, are simple tasks that should form part of our daily routine. Do not despise to keep the class neat and tidy, or to plant a sapling.
Many people wrongfully shy away from helping others merely because they consider the job below their dignity. There is no disgrace in helping a teacher to carry books, or lifting a load for a labourer or helping a blind man cross the road, or playing with a weeping child to keep him in good humour. No work is inferior and so no person, who himself does any work, is to be looked down upon.
Having servants at home should not prevent us from performing simple tasks, or from treating servants with dignity. There is false pride in believing that labourers are to be despised upon and that work is only for the unfortunate.
The reality, however, is that God has given us hands and so we must work. Through work alone can one hope to attain mental peace, emotional balance and physical health and well-being?