How much time do you figure we waste coveting what our neighbors have? I would venture to say that if people would expend HALF the energy they use “wishing” they had what so-and-so has on actually working towards earning it, we would find ourselves far more prosperous.
Very few successful people got that way overnight. However, the society that we live in now teaches entitlement over hard work. Everybody wants nice things and yet only a handful are willing to put in the time and sacrifice that it takes to get there.
I know that there are people who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand until they get back on their feet, so understand that I am not referencing those who have an actual valid need. There are those who manipulate and abuse the systems that our government has in place who are depleting the resources. They are blessed with perfectly able-bodies but unwilling spirits. Essentially, they are too lazy to work.
If we were to take the words of 2 Thessalonians literally, some people would be in a world of hurt:
“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. (3:10-12 NIV)
Put your hands to work instead of walking around with them extended looking for a handout. Going through a rough patch? Take the time and help to get things back in order and then get back out there! God honors those who work diligently towards their goals.