Dateline: 30 April 2014
A man I know recently said to me that one of the best things his now-grown sons did when they were younger was get involved in organized sports. He told me that playing sports develops good character. That is a common refrain. But I'm not persuaded that it is entirely true, especially when I look at the character displayed by many (or most?) who are in professional sports these days. While sports participation can certainly be a good experience for children, I believe that doing productive and/or creative work on a farm or homestead can be much better for developing character and preparing children for their future life. That has been my own experience, and it has been the experience of two of my three boys. I believe God created us primarily to glorify Him by using our minds and bodies to do productive, creative, responsible work, not play games. And so it is that I was pleased to recently have my two-year-old grandson, with work boots and a shovel, "helping" me to bring some order to the southeast corner of my garden.