The Other Schoolmaster

June 18, 2009

Taking one thing with another, boys tend to be lazy.  This means that one of the central duties parents have with regard to their boys is the duty of teaching and instilling what used to be called a work ethic….  Just as the law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, so is the sweat of the brow.  Sinners don’t do well living on Big Rock Candy Mountain….  In the hands of wise parents, hard physical work is an important part of a boy’s discipleship.  He needs to know what it is like to be exhausted, to have callouses on his hands, and to work when his body does not really want to anymore.

(Doug Wilson, Future Men, 59)

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