Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "manhood"

Dad and the Value of Hard Work

In my weekly Crosswalk devotional, I wrote about how my Dad's insistence on making me work helped mold me into a man: It was 6 am and while the rest of my friends were sleeping in, dreaming of two weeks filled with Nintendo, cookies, and hanging out, I was putting on every layer of clothes I could find. I was getting up and getting dressed against my will, forced to face a frigid environment with no bathrooms, no Christmas cookies, and hard, dirty labor. I didn’t like it one bit. But I was doing it because my father made me do it. Yes, while every other junior high kid wasted away his Christmas break I was toiling on some construction site alongside my dad, a licensed plumber who owned his own business. Dad had this antiquated idea that boys should learn how to work hard at a young age. I thought it was cruel...

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