Theme: DIGNITY OF LABOUR
Text: “And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace… so she came, and hath continued even from morning until now…” – Ruth 2:2,7.
Comment: The pathetic experience of Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi in the earlier stages of their lives, including the death of three family members in close succession, is a familiar Biblical story. On their return home as a result of their predicament, Ruth soon displayed an enterprising disposition as in the text for today – she did not idle herself away. Even those that were born into fairly easy circumstances and are godly disposed, know not what difficulties they may be reduced to, not even what mean employments they may be obliged to do, in order to get their daily bread. (Lamentations 4:5) Ruth cheerfully stooped to the meanness of her circumstances and surrendered herself to her lot. Humility is one of the brightest ornaments of youth. Ruth was very humble and spoke modestly about herself: “in whose sight I shall find grace”, so she got the permission to glean. Is it not true that some today have missed opportunities for employment due to bad manners and improper choice of words? Industry, diligence or hard work is a prerequisite for sustenance of any job. Ruth was one of those virtuous women that love not to eat the bread of idleness, but love to take challenges and pains. This is an example to young people. We must not be shy nor feel belittled of any honest and lawful occupation or career, for menial work is not mean work. – Ecclesiastes 9:10; Psalm 84:10.