In the course of my writing for The Edgefield Advertiser, I have shared that I believe many of the issues facing us today are “non-respecter of person issues.” I stated I would at times be returning back to this theme.
This week, while working on the farm my index finger got caught in a piece of equipment and ripped out a decent piece of skin, measuring about an inch in length, a quarter of an inch in width and a significant depth – enough to hurt like the dickens, but thankfully not deep enough to catch a vein.
That experience got me to thinking about two non-respecter of person issues: work ethic and intergenerational dependence / training. It got me thinking about both of my grandfathers, and their hands!
I remember thinking both of my grandfathers were extremely smart, hard working men. Neither man went to college; however, both men showed up for work daily, one seven days a week on a dairy farm. Both provided well – not only for their immediate family, but for extended family during times of need. I could tell multiple stories of both men meeting needs of others beyond their immediate family.
One died just before I was a decade old and the other died before my sixteenth birthday. Both men had strong hands. Honestly, I remember looking at both men’s hands at their viewings just before their funerals and marveling at how used they looked, and how strong at the same time. I was fortunate to spend time with both men. One, on his farm, which I now have the privilege to work and the other in his multiple gardens. Both men demonstrated extremely strong work ethic, even in their latter years. In addition, both men demonstrated an ability to have fun with their grandkids.
We are currently in an election year hearing about all government should do, and some say must do for us – but I don’t hear our leaders speaking about the importance of work-ethic, encouraging elders to demonstrate it for the next generation – and perhaps even for the generation following that. I don’t hear our candidates speaking about the travesty of fatherlessness in our culture, which invariably leads to a lack of grandfathers, and the devastating impact that is having on our nation.
As I reminisced on my grandfathers this week, and the profound impact they had on my life, I realized how blessed I am. I also realized how deprived of leadership many young boys and girls are today. This year’s election isn’t going to repair this void in leadership – but if repaired, would have the greatest impact on the next generation(s).
Intergenerational training, the issue of fatherlessness and the improvement of our nations work-ethic are areas, which if improved, could have the greatest impact on making America great again.
Would you consider joining me in prayer for the issue of fatherlessness and work-ethic in our nation?
I hope you have a blessed week!