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Tomorrow is another work day. You will head off to work, spend all day, and come home to the family. Then you will begin all over again the next day. The weekend will come yielding a change of pace, and then it begins again on Monday.

Many years ago I had a hamster. He would run in an exercise wheel for hours. He never went anywhere or accomplished anything. It was a whirl of activity, but that little hamster had nothing to show for it. Can you relate to that?

Our joy in work comes down to “why” we are doing what we are doing. We must be looking beyond the immediate activity and seeing the whole picture. Why are we working?

One dad is bringing home a paycheck to feed his family. Another dad is working because it is expected of him. He goes to work; Mom stays home. Another dad views his job as a means to raising God’s heritage. His family members are his best friends, and his delight is raising his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: ... Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalms 127:1,3).

What’s your “why?”

Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell

Steve, father of eight and grandpa to four, has been a homeschooling dad since 1985. His five home-school graduate sons are now wage-earning adults. He has been writing monthly articles for homeschooling dads since 1990. Steve’s heart’s desire is to encourage fathers to spend time in the Word, disciple their children in the ways of the Lord, use their time wisely, love their wives, and be men of God. Steve is co-author of Managers of Their Homes, Managers of Their Chores, Managers of Their Schools, Keeping Our Children’s Hearts, and Just Around the Corner. Steve also wrote Preparing Sons to Provide for a Single-Income Family and Redeeming the Time. You may find out more information on Steve Maxwell and his books here.