(Proverbs 31:27 KJV) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Go to the grocery store and find the bread aisle. You can look all day and you will not find any “bread” (3899) of “idleness” (6104). You can find wheat bread and corn bread. The variety is limited only by the creativity of advertisers, but you will not find an idleness bread.
The reason is that bread is not produced by sloth and sloth is the root meaning of the word “idleness”. When I pause for a moment of thanks before breaking the communion bread one of the pictures that comes to my mind is of all the different people it took to bring the bread to my breaking point. Bread, something we take for granted, is the product of much hard work.
So? People who earn God’s approval are usually known for their hard work. It is a product of a genuine love of God. The woman in Proverbs does it to provide for her family. The same philosophy should prevail in our lives.