If something needs doing, do it yourself.
We have officially reached Day 10 of the government shutdown, and the American people continue to suffer without their jobs. Each day that passes without a solution from the from the government makes me angry and doubtful. It makes me reminiscent of the old belief that government jobs were secure. No longer. Everyday, the news reports explode with stories about citizens whose lives have been damaged by the shutdown. Business has slowed. Layoffs have occurred. The security of this nation is at risk. Things just are not getting done.
Except for the Lincoln Memorial yesterday where landscaper Chris Cox decided he would take matters into his own hands. With no expectation of payment or appreciation he took his lawnmower and chainsaw to the Lincoln Memorial lawn and began working. He is my new hero and a perfect example of true work ethic. We citizens have an opportunity to pick up the slack. The government may not acknowledge your efforts, but the Lord will.
Paul says in Acts 20:35, "And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
If my life experience has taught me anything, it is that kindness is contagious. Chris Cox began what could be a powerful movement. Let's all pitch in. This shutdown is no excuse for us not to do our part to keep this nation clean and secure.
There a long list of Proverbs alone that describe the benefits of hard work and the consequences of laziness: Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 21:25, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 22:29, Proverbs 20:4, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 20:13, Proverbs 27:18, Proverbs 28:19, Proverbs 6:10.