You would have to use all of your fingers and toes to be able to count how many times my father has received this kind of call:
“Daddy, something has happened to my car.”

His response was always, “Where are you? I’m on my way.”

Of course, most of those calls were never on the warmest, sunniest days. It seems car trouble always happens on the coldest or rainiest days. I can remember a day when my monster Chevy station wagon decided to quit, it was at least 20 below zero. And, of course, I was working out of town, so my car was on the highway.

The comfort of seeing my dad’s headlights was always welcome. That particular day it wasn’t going to be an easy or quick fix. Although I hesitantly offered to share my “vast knowledge” with him, he insisted I stay in the car to keep from freezing to death. He, however, weathered the cold for hours.

Like all the other times, the sound of the engine purring eventually always came. He always was satisfied with a heartfelt thank you.

My father has the award for the most diligent person I know when it comes to mechanical thingamajigs. God has given him the ability to see how stuff works and then the God-given patience to see the job through.

Sometimes the work we are asked to do isn’t in the best of climates or under ideal circumstances. Following my dad’s example of being diligent, even in adverse circumstances, can reap rewards if we don’t give up.

Many times I would tell dad, “Let me call a tow truck.” He’d just roll his eyes and keep working. How many times do we try to take an easier road away from the work God has called us to do? We must be steadfast and work with due diligence until the work is complete.

“Whatever the God of Heaven has prescribed, let it be done with diligence for the temple of the God of Heaven.” — Ezra 7:23