I try to get my kids ready for what I know awaits them as adults by pushing them to work hard and rest, too. But I know what is ahead, to some extent, anyway. They often think I am just being mean, but I want them toughened up, ready to take on the challenges of being an adult. Because when you are ready to take on the challenges, you are also in position to reap the rewards, like a steady job with good pay.
As God’s child, I forget that I don’t know what is ahead of me like He does. Sometimes I think a trial he puts or allows in my path is unnecessary, like when my kids think it is unnecessary to help fold the laundry. But eventually that strength, resilience, perseverance gained will be what gets me through the next challenge, and puts me in position to reap some awesome rewards; like peace, seeing another soul find God’s peace, and things that I can’t even imagine.