Character Comment – Therefore by their fruits you will know them, Part 12

Therefore by their fruits you will know them (Matt. 7:20) – Part 12

Last week, we began to close out our discussion of the value of work introduced in “Our Daily Life” by T.S. Arthur, by introducing a two-part observation from Mark Hamby, of Lamplighter Publications. Here’s part two, the rest of the story.

Tunnel Vision

Part Two

Last time I explained how my dad had asked me to dig a trench under the patio in order to lay a new sewer line. With one week to complete the project, I spent most of my time devising an easy way to complete this insurmountable assignment. With just two days left, I still hadn’t found a solution to my dilemma.

After digging down one foot I knew this was impossible. Surely, Dad would understand. Well, he didn’t! As soon as he came home, he went out to inspect my work. Without saying a word, he began digging.

“What’s wrong with him?” I thought. “Go ahead and dig–you’ll see!” But the dirt was flying and Dad was digging. He had worked hard all week. All I had done was work hard to figure out how to get out of work. After about 20 minutes, I couldn’t take it anymore. I took the shovel out of his hand and began digging.

From 7:00 until 11:00 pm, I worked vigorously. I was more than halfway under the patio, now digging with a coffee can. At 1:00 am, my head poked through to the other side. I did it!

As soon as my head poked through, I noticed a light from above. It was my dad shining his flashlight down on me. He was watching the entire time from the bedroom window, and when he saw me break through, he proudly applauded!

That experience changed me. Part of my character was forged, which has been an essential component of my life ever since. You see, “The testing of your faith produces hopeful endurance. But let hopeful endurance have its completed work, so that your moral character may be complete and perfectly sound, lacking in nothing” (James 1:3, 4).

Work truly is a gift of God – and for those who endure, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

In closing, in our TEAM2work efforts as Character Advocates, we must train hearts and teach minds and hands to appreciate work well done. Discovering one’s gifts and talents is an important part of education for life in Christ. I challenge you, as the school year ends and the summer break begins, to ask these questions: What “thing” can you put in your children’s hands? What place, person, or experience might pique their interest? How can you spark their imagination and pull them away from video games and summer boredom?

“He has lived with little observation either on himself or others, who does not know that to be idle is to be vicious.” – Samuel Johnson

“Our Savior, Christ Jesus, was a carpenter and got His living with labor. Therefore, let no man disdain to follow Him in a common calling and occupation.” – Hugh Latimar

And finally, “The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.” – Albert Einstien –Think about it: He who works well, rests well.

— Joe LoGiudice, Pincipal