Simply...Living For Him

The Beauty of a Stinky Barn

I spent a good part of the afternoon with my little farmer boy cleaning out the goat pens. What a job! Phew. Not only is it smelly and gross, but it is also HARD work. I haven’t done this job before, but he sure has. As we shoveled and made trips back and forth with the wheelbarrow, he looked over at me with a grin ear to ear and said, “I LOVE this job.”

As I was knee high in hay and goat “stuff” I wasn’t so sure that was how I would describe my feelings at the moment 😉 but then as I looked around…and took it all in…yeah, I could say that I loved it too.

Now, I didn’t enjoy the stink or the scraping “stuff” off the floor, or the heavy lifting of every load into the wheelbarrow, but yes…spending time with my little one and realizing, this is truly his passion. He loves these animals. He loves taking care of them. He loves hard work. 

What could be better?

So, yes, our classroom today was a stinky barn. But the lessons inside there were beautiful:

  • Hard work
  • Togetherness
  • Doing a job and doing it well
  • Caring for God’s creatures
  • Diligence
  • Having fun while working
  • Humility and serving
  • …and the list goes on!

In an age of screens and a culture of self-centeredness and always choosing the quick and easy…I’ll take these lessons any day.

I love this simple life. Stinky barns and all…

Oh, and one more lesson...we now have a goat in heat. Um, don’t ask me how I know…but I do. So there was that discussion. That’s a whole other blog post for another day! 😉  


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