This would be easier if it were Minecraft

… and other words of wisdom from my 13-year-old son.

pulling out the trunk

The trunk on the curbside.

We were helping my brother pull out a stump from his garden. It was an eyesore that annoyed the neighbors in Idaho Falls. While Don is recovering from a ski accident and his wife, Barbra, gets back pains struggling with weight, their son young son Mark was day by day trying to dig it out. He worked hard, but he didn’t have any help. And he was little.

So I showed up with my 17-year-old and my 13-year-old son. We made pretty short work of it. We dug under it. We axed the roots. Then we pried it out and rolled it to the curb. Next we helped Barbra plant some flowers, shoveled in the dirt and watered.

The team did the job. Hosea, my younger son, was impressed by the amount of work involved.

the flower patch

The finished product, the flower patch.

“This would be easier if it were Minecraft,” he observed. This is prepubescent wisdom at its finest.

It seems strange to me that Minecraft is popular because it is a throwback, a low definition graphics game. In any case, kids either build things or strike out on adventures. I’m not sure why it’s so popular. But yeah, pulling out a trunk on Minecraft is pretty much easier than in real life.

As a matter of fact, pretty much everything on video games is easier than in real life. Take marriage for example. Making it work is no easy thing. Personally, I pray and work at it. People seem to think they shouldn’t have to work at it, that it should work all by itself.

Removing rooted sins from your life is also a bunch of work. Pulling out that tree trunk made me think about how difficult it can be get a bad habit out (like smoking, or maybe anger).

Yeah, Minecraft’s definitely easier. But life is real. And I don’t want to live in a fantasy world. I want to live and find happiness and success in the real world. So I do hard work.

20 responses to “This would be easier if it were Minecraft

  1. It’s like a toxic behavior in our lives, it needs work to get rid of it, but when you finish and pour the blood of Jesus upon that area, my God. vw

  2. That looks lovely, you done a great job. It is good to see that hard work does get somewhere and it is rewarding at the end. (surely minecraft is not that satisfying)

  3. Even before I got married, I knew that marriage would be the biggest job of my life, but it would carry the biggest rewards. 46 years later, I know I was right!

  4. LOL I have yet to be sucked into Minecraft.

  5. Yes, everything is easier on Minecraft! 😉

  6. Games have their own challenges, but like most games, you might be tempted to cheat to get out of a tricky situation. 😛

  7. Wow, I know this is off the topic? But do you this? WordPress supporting Gay Pride. Well, looks like I need to move my website else where. Supporting sin isn’t good 😦

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