You wanna know something I really appreciate? I mean really really wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-with-a-warm-feeling appreciate? I appreciate the men who have taken the time out of their busy lives to encourage and mentor this boy o’mine. My own dad has been amazing with Noah. Our pastor is wonderful and the men in our church have been unfailingly kind (and/or FIRM as the situation may warrant. erryeah.) There have been fellows who pray for Noah and serve as quiet examples of integrity and commitment. Knowing that a man is praying for one is a very powerful thing for a boy Noah’s age. Words from a man carry extra weight somehow. Why is it that I’ve quoted Colossians 3:23-24 innumerable times with barely a blip on the boy’s radar screen… but two minutes after reading this in an email from Mr. Josh he was outside reshoveling the front walk? hmmm….
I know many times school work is no fun. I didn’t enjoy it very much when I was young. But, I would encourage you to do your best work in your school work. Don’t do your best for yourself or for your mom; do your best for the Lord. Everything that we do should be for Him and His glory. If our work (school, snow-shoveling, etc.) is done for anything less than for our Heavenly Father we will eventually grow tired of it and begin to do poor work. As a result we will look like a poor worker but, also, our God will look unworthy because we represent Him.