I donâ€™t think Steve has mowed a lawn, except a time or two, for about twenty years since Nathan turned twelve and was given lawn mowing responsibility. All of our sonâ€™s have been lawn mowers for our family. Now our youngest son is thirteen, and this is the third year he has been in charge of our lawn plus he mows Grandad and Grandmaâ€™s and a few others in the neighborhood.
Not only has Jesse whole heartedly accepted the responsibility for the mowing â€“ which he does with no reminding â€“ but he also has taken on the maintenance of the yard. He observes weeds and pests in the yard, discusses them with his dad, and does research on how to deal with the problem, completing the designated course of action.Â Jesse is learning the fertilizing needs of the yard, the fertilizing schedule, plus how to apply it to the lawn. Jesse has learned how to give a lawn mower a tune up, and he is beginning a little mower tune up business in addition to the neighborhood yards he mows. Recently he took a riding mower that was given to him but wasnâ€™t working, did some troubleshooting of it, bought parts for it, fixed it, and sold it for a nice profit.
While Jesse mows and fertilizes, Steveâ€™s time is freed up for his writing. In addition, Jesse is serving the family, being responsible, and developing income-producing skill.
These are the fruitful years. The Lord has been faithful in teaching us, through His Word, the importance of implanting His Word in our childrenâ€™s hearts in a practical day-to-day manner. Those years of planting can become discouraging when you give the same encouragement over and over but donâ€™t see the results immediately.
Just as the farmer does what he needs to do and waits for his harvest, so we as parents do what the Lord Jesus calls us to do, looking forward to the fruitful years with expectation not discouragement. â€œBehold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rainâ€ (James 5:7).
We, as parents, are the ones who first get to enjoy that fruit that the Lord Jesus produces in our childrenâ€™s lives. â€œThe husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruitsâ€ (2 Timothy 2:6).
Trusting in Jesus,