It is a blessed sight to see a young man be about the business of men instead of being idle. The problem with having boys pursuing the work of starting up businesses is that it ultimately affects me in ways that my flesh would rather not be affected by.
This morning, I attempted to finish up my growing pile of laundry all the while working around a big box of chirping birds at my feet. That’s the box of 104 new baby chicks that arrived early this morning! That’s 104 more birds to add to the other menagerie of birds wandering around in the yard. That’s a 104 more birds that weren’t my idea!
The boys had been in and out of the house finishing up the last minute details on the chicken brooder before the noisy birds could be taken out to the barn. Inconvenience yes…but more than that is the picture I see out the back door…that of the ever increasing myriad of animals roaming the back yard, the bright orange construction fence they put up around one of the chicken pens, the pile of wood they insist is important building material, their Thanksgiving turkeys that shower poop all over the girl’s playhouse on a daily basis and … well, must I go on? I go back into the house and shut the door and pretend I just came in from a stroll in my beautiful southern garden. I am a very exact, like-every-book-strait-and-my-cans-in-the-pantry-alphabetized type of obsessive person. I can’t figure out why God gave me that type of personality and then decided to bless me with 5 boys! He knew I needed to grow up, learn the meaning of patience and self-sacrifice and have layers of selfishness knocked off; so He blessed me with children!
The point is that having boys pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors and learning how to be about the business of men is messy! I have to reevaluate my expectations of a perfectly manicured lawn (HA!) and a reasonable amount of laundry and come to grips with the fact that these things just aren’t to be at this season in my life. After all, things are messy in a construction zone. It isn’t until after considerable time, effort, dust and hard work refining, building and creating that the construction zone, one day, turns into a beautiful work of art.