We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Tunnel Vision, Part 2

Yesterday 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 twenty 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.

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting 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!

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