2 Thessalonians 3:10

     For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

     Child Guidance  PG  57

    The Garden of the Heart Needs Cultivating.   From the tilling of the soil, lessons may constantly be learned. No one settles upon a raw piece of land with the expectation that it will at once

yield a harvest. Diligent, persevering labor must be put forth in the preparation of the

soil, the sowing of the seed, and the culture of the crop. So it must be in the spiritual sowing. The garden of the heart must be

cultivated. The soil must be broken up by repentance. The evil growths that choke the good grain must be uprooted. As soil once overgrown with thorns can be reclaimed only by diligent labor, so the evil tendencies of the heart can be overcome only by earnest effort in the name and strength of Christ.


In this verse it tells us in heaven we will labor and build our own houses. 

        Isaiah 65:22 

They shall not build,

and another inhabit; they shall

not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect  shall long enjoy the work of their hands.


 Deuteronomy 14:29 

And the Levite, (because he hath

no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work  of thine hand which thou doest.



  T . A . H .  PG  27

     To Adam was given the work of caring for the garden.  The Creator knew that Adam could not be happy without employment. The beauty of the garden delighted him, but this was not enough. He must have labor to call into exercise the wonderful organs of the body. Had happiness consisted in doing nothing, man, in his state of holy

innocence, would have been left unemployed.  But He who created man knew what would be for his happiness; and no sooner had He created him than He gave him his appointed work. The promise of future glory, and the decree that man must toil for his daily bread, came from the same throne.



  The Health Reformer

August 1, 1873

  Life in the Rocky Mountains

     Proper exercise, daily, strengthens the muscles, aids digestion, and induces sleep. This, with taking full inspirations of good air, combined with plain, nourishing diet, free from grease and spices, avoiding pastry and unhealthy condiments, will do much to

restore health to the invalid. Those who would enjoy the blessings of health and strength must have a proper amount of exercise daily. We should never be ashamed of labor. God has shown us

that employment is ennobling,

in that he gave the sinless representatives of the race something to do. They were to

labor, to dress and keep the garden.


Manual Training    PG  219

     As a relaxation from study, occupations pursued in the open air, and affording exercise for the whole body, are the most beneficial.

No line of manual training is of more value than agriculture. A greater effort should be made to create and to encourage an interest

in agricultural pursuits. Let the teacher call attention to what the Bible says about agriculture: that it was God's plan for man to till the earth; that the first man, the ruler

of the whole world, was given a garden to cultivate; and that many of the world's greatest men, its real nobility, have been tillers of the soil. Show the opportunities in such a life. The wise man says, "The king

himself is served by the field." Ecclesiastes 5:9.


Of him who cultivates the soil the Bible declares, "His God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him."

Isaiah 28:26.


And again, "Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof."  Proverbs 27:18.

He who earns his livelihood by agriculture escapes many temptations and enjoys unnumbered

privileges and blessings denied to those whose work lies in the great cities. And in these days of mammoth trusts and business competition, there are few who enjoy so real an independence and so great certainty of fair return for their labor as does the tiller of the soil.


  Fundamentals of Christian Education

 PG  74

     Washing clothes upon the old-fashioned rubbing-board, sweeping, dusting, and a variety of other duties in the kitchen and the

garden, will be valuable exercise for young ladies.  Such useful labor will supply the place of croquet, archery, dancing, and other amusements which benefit no one.