Who Should Work? - The Warrior's Journey®

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“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.” (Proverbs 31:17–18, NIV)

Any current discussion about the family begs this question: who should work outside the home — one parent or both? Opinions vary widely, but the confusing thing is that the “experts” just don’t agree. So what does God say? Interestingly, the Lord leaves that decision to the individual. There seems to be no definitive solution. The verses above describe a woman who is married and has children. We can discern that she worked hard, both at home and in the marketplace. If you read the entire section, verses 10–31, you learn that the Lord commends this lady as deserving praise.

So, how do we apply this? If you are a single parent, odds are that you will have to work. If you’re married, you and your spouse must weigh the pros and cons, pray, and come to a decision. There are numerous factors to consider, and each family situation is unique. Be sure of this: if you earnestly seek the Lord for guidance, He will show you.

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