When we raised our 8 kids we had 10 character traits that we primarily focused on in our parenting. One of the 10 was diligence, that our kids would grow up knowing what working hard looked like, and that they would at some point in their growing up enjoy working hard. As I wrote about grand parenting a couple days ago I want to influence my grandkids now, and I have written out “10 personal commandments” that I review regularly so that I actually do them. Today I split firewood all day using a hydraulic wood splitter with a friend and a grandson. The hard work was getting the wood from the back yard to the front driveway of the house of the person who gave us the trees. We loaded it in a wheelbarrow after we split it and pushed it up a ramp over the back deck and back down on a trail around the house where we threw it into the trailer. So as I followed my “grandparent commandments” on how to influence I worked as hard and fast as I could so he could see what that looked like, and even though I was panting like an old work horse I acted like I was having the time of my life. I would occasionally coach and encourage and tried to praise him often for his hard work. It was a very enjoyable day, and it was a great joy for me to see my 12 year old grandson work hard for at least 6 hours today with a very positive attitude. Diligence is doing everything you do heartily, with passion and energy as if Jesus were watching, because He is, knowing that He rewards diligence with opportunities and open doors to do something great with your life. In our culture now in the U.S. the number of people who actually have a strong work ethic is getting to be less and less, so a young person who grows up with a strong work ethic will do very well in life.