To work is a gift


For TLU SA, it is our serious intention to align ourselves with the Word of God, the only guiding principle that is firm and holds eternal value. The cultural mandate provides clear guidance for every Christian on how work and life on earth should be approached.

We have a responsibility to cultivate and nurture our environment, and each individual is equipped with unique talents to be nurtured.

The Word leaves no ambiguity that the fall of man brought judgment upon mankind, necessitating work for sustenance. As God declared: “In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the earth, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19).

Furthermore, the Word tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “For even when we were with you, we always commanded you: if anyone does not want to work, neither should he eat.”

The ability to work is indeed a gift. Therefore, each individual must strive to give their best in their pursuits. A positive impact, which results from making a difference, leads to the joy of work when the fruits of one’s labor are realized.

Throughout history, we have seen several figures whose legacies are held in high esteem. In various fields, we have experienced creative contributions in economics, engineering, medicine, culture, education, agriculture and many others, which can serve as examples for us today.

CJ Langenhoven, who contributed significantly to culture, named his residence “Joy of Work”, emphasizing the value of positive work. The approach to labor demonstrated by Meek Neelsie also offers a beautiful perspective. He left us a “work recipe” that beautifully conveys the joy of work when it is approached positively:

It’s the smoldering fire that suffers

And still can’t cook the food –

The cheerful flame that pops and crackles

Is he who turns his task into entertainment

And his hardships end with pleasure.

In our history, after the devastating impact of the Second War of Independence, Afrikaners took action and worked to create and build for the future. In every area of ​​life they left a lasting impression.

Education is based on eternal values, focusing on the Christian national ideal in homes, schools and churches. The youth were taught to approach the future with hope, with the goal of making each day better. The foundation of hard work paved the way for success for those who took on challenges and seized opportunities.

What work ethic and approach are we passing on to our youth today? A culture that we can claim whatever we want, as the world owes us prosperity, has washed over our country. Homes and free tertiary education are demanded, and failure to meet them leads to the destruction of infrastructure. The concept of accepting responsibility for life’s demands is often overlooked. The quality of education has fallen to such a low standard that our youth struggle to understand written texts. This should not, and should not, be our nation’s approach to work ethics.

The ability to work is a gift.

The Christian carries out their daily tasks mainly as an honor to God, fueled by gratitude for the grace received daily. With the right attitude, work becomes a source of joy, and, just like Langenhoven, we can call our work environment “Arbeidsgenot”, which brings joy.

It is our duty to ensure that our youth do not become entangled in a culture of demands and entitlement, but rather to establish a strong foundation that allows our cultural mandate to flourish. GA Watermeyer beautifully expressed the importance of guiding our youth in his poem “Gietvorms”:


Molds of our youth, we ask

that your shoulders should be broad;

you build with more than steel or stone,

our nation revolves around you…

You have been given power

above those who forge law or judgment;

power of love power of fear

power over the becoming of the spirit.

Above the structure of bone and blood

stand your figures in the glow

of eternity, what about man

‘s innermost being borders;

behind consciousness of the brain

twilight the soul’s tender grain.

What you wound never heals,

what makes you strong, stand firm and sealed

against the gust of every later wind

to find direction against the sun…

Molds of our youth, we ask

that your hearts bear compassion;

you build with more than steel or stone,

our whole being revolves around you.

May we as a people, and especially our youth, experience the joy of work when we are granted the privilege of diligence. Favorable outcomes create a legacy of anchored hope. With a light-hearted spirit we can sing their song together with the Voortrekkers:

Work! Work! Enjoy work! Labor ennobles, makes us strong.
Many hands, tasks light:
we are almost done, indeed!

The future beckons to everyone – how we thrive on this journey of life is the choice that must be made. We cannot change yesterday; it’s gone We cannot predict tomorrow’s outcomes, but today we can work diligently and expect to improve tomorrow. This can be done with a sense of job satisfaction, enabling us to live out our cultural mandate with joyful determination.