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OPINION: Value Of Hard Work Will Lead To Prosperity, Peace And Tolerance

This is a time for self-examination for all those who truly love this country. What kind of Fiji do we want to bequeath to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren?
02 Oct 2017 13:21
OPINION: Value Of Hard Work Will Lead To Prosperity, Peace And Tolerance
Methodist Church pastors and ministers in the Northern Division gathered after a meeting at the Nasea Methodist Conference Church in Labasa on September 27, 2017. Photo: Shratika Singh
This is a time for self-examination for all those who truly love this country.

What kind of Fiji do we want to bequeath to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren? What legacy will we leave behind for them?

These are questions that we need to ask ourselves. The answers will determine the direction we take to achieve the set goals.

I think most, if not all of us, want a peaceful Fiji where all ethnic groups live together happily and harmoniously. A Fiji where everyone is equal despite our cultural and religious differences. A Fiji where diversity is seen as a source of great strength, not division and acrimony.

The Methodist Church in Labasa has taken a bold and unprecedented step to address issues of concern that have troubled the church communities for years.

The message that came out of that training workshop was that members of the church can break free from the poverty trap. The church has linked poverty to laziness.

If I can add idleness to it, the two words, laziness and idleness are closely related. When they come together they can be destructive and damage the progress we have achieved. We must get our people to work irrespective of where they live.

The principle of work as a foundation for everything good should be re-enthroned in our families, communities, villages, settlements, workplaces, churches etc.

Work builds character, confidence, and self-esteem. It means we cannot rest on our laurels. We make wise decisions that benefit, not only us but others.

Those decisions are made not because of political expediency, but because they are right. Work is the common thread that runs through our tapestry of life and defines who we are.

We say we are all equal because we are all children of God irrespective of our different background.

Customs, traditions and man-made laws may separate us into different groups and classes of people. But in God’s eyes we are all equal, men, women and children.

Those who work hard will reap the benefits in spite of where they live.

Some people complain against the Government and authorities because they are frustrated they cannot move ahead in life, yet they have resources that they can use if they have the desire to work.

We move around the country and we see acres and acres of vacant arable land. If we are living the principle of work those land will be put to profitable use.

In rural areas, villages and settlements we know that there is a fair amount of stealing from farms going on. It’s a shame that some people resort to stealing because they are lazy to work the land and plant their own food.

It is time that the churches come down heavy on the abuse of alcohol, yaqona or kava and illicit drugs in our communities.

Work and over-consumption of these substances do not go together. The initiative by the Methodist Church in Labasa and Vanua Levu must be commended and supported.

We can get out of dependency and poverty if we are prepared to work.

Dependency is debilitating in the long term particularly for those who are physically able to provide for themselves.

It requires a change in mindset and attitude.

Those who work hard fulfill a biblical promise that they will be blessed with an abundance of the necessities of life.

The future of our country will be secured on the basis of hard work.

It will lead to prosperity, peace, tolerance, love and better understanding of each other’s circumstances.

It will also build our capacity to be able to help others who are less fortunate than us.

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