Have you ever tried to dig a hole at the beach? Not just a little hole, but one that is deep enough to hold water? Yesterday, I promised my son Eli we would dig a really deep hole that would be the lake for the sand village he was building. We knelt in the sand and started to shovel, but the sand kept crashing in on the sides. Just as we were gaining ground, all of a sudden, an avalanche of sand would come toppling down into the hole. Needless to say, my arm was growing tired and Eli was really no help at all. He grew frustrated with all of the sand falling down into our hole and started doing other things. At one point, my bossy little man told me he was going to the pool and that he couldn’t wait to see how deep it was when he got back!
No sir. Last time I checked Mom wasn’t the Official Certified Hole Digger.
A good friend of mine always reminds me that I am not raising boys but future men. No matter how much I want to do everything for my children, they need to realize they won’t always have someone there, shovel in hand, ready to help them. The Lord expects us to work hard in all areas of our lives and glorify Him in all that we do. It was time for Eli to finish digging his own hole.
Dear Paige, Teach your boys that life is hard work. There will always be holes to dig and there will always be an avalanche of sand ready to come crashing down on them. We glorify Jesus when we commit all that we have to our tasks. Remind them that one of the best parts about walking with Jesus is He will always be there to get them through the falling sand. They just need to be able to dig their own hole.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.