Every now and again, one of my kids does something that really impresses me.

That’s not to say my kids are slouches or anything – they are all wonderful gifts, each one with a unique personality and his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Most of the weaknesses were inherited from me, I suspect.

Yes, my wife Kathi reads these posts.

Anyway, the other day we had firewood delivered, and unceremoniously dumped at the end of our driveway. It all needed to be stacked.

David and I worked for a couple hours, making endless trips back and forth between the big pile in the driveway and the mounting stacks in front of and behind the shed in our back yard.

It seemed as though the pile in the driveway remained enormous, no matter how many trips we made. Thankfully, Joseph finished up with school and came out to join us.

The three of us worked together for a while, but eventually David and I decided to take a break. Joseph kept at it.

After going inside and becoming thoroughly distracted with other tasks, a couple hours passed. Then in walked Joseph. “I’m done,” he said.

I could hardly believe it. There was a lot of wood, and he just kept working until the job was done. Two huge stacks of wood now sit in our back yard, almost as tall as Joseph.

It reminded me of the value of fortitude, and perseverance. Joseph worked smart (in this case, by using a little red wagon to transport the wood) and just kept going until the job was done. These qualities, I promised him, will take him far in life.

So next time a huge project rolls around that just seems to have no end to it, I’m going to think of Joseph, and say a little prayer of gratitude for a ten year old’s positive example.

Then I’ll get back to work.