(Proverbs 14:23 KJV) In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
How does work “profit” (4195) us? Our first consideration is that we earn our living by our productive efforts. We might do this as farmers, miners, plumbers, teachers, pastors, the list goes on. We find something to do that is of worth to someone else and the transfer enough wealth to make it worth our time.
There is also value in the “labor” (6089a) itself. There is a dignity and a sense of responsibility that comes from effort. This is why working for less than we think we are worth is still a good thing to do. It teaches us that we should value the bread we buy. It does not come easy. I find that I would evaluate something’s financial cost in how long it took me to earn the money for it. People who have never earned a salary or run a business don’t understand that.
So? Work. Produce. Give to society and grow in your character.