“All you will ever amount to in life is a ditch digger,” My high school Algebra teacher seemed to enjoy telling me these exact words. I’ll have a difficult algebra class with a side of bullying from my teacher with my order, please. Thank you.
Demoralizing words are the bars that can keep someone in a prison of fear for a lifetime. I pictured myself performing her prophesy, and because of this, I realized what great power words can have. Her words kept their own little space inside that could rise up at any insecure moment in my spirit. I recently had a revelation that rocked my world and may actually make her prophesy come true. Sounds strange, right? I mean, who would actually ‘want’ to become an actual ditch digger when they had lighter, or perhaps cleaner aspirations?
When I came upon this realization, I actually laughed out loud. Words which were once meant for harm can take on a new perspective, feed hope and can become a vehicle to purpose and dreams. My teacher may have hoped to keep me down yet in the end I’ve recently realized, her painfully powerful words may have been one of the greatest vehicles to discipline and purpose.
Digging your ditch is about building character, investing time into a dream and becoming disciplined and hopeful for the rain of growth and prosperity even when it only looks like an empty trench. A ditch must be dug before building a home’s strong foundation. A garden to feed others must first begin with digging. It’s developing integrity and character when no one else is around. Dig a valley full of unfinished ditches when it’s all you know to do. Learn to be faithful with the little and then you can be entrusted with the greater. There’s opportunity to go to our arsenal of weapons deep within us and begin to continuously dig as if our life depended on it in a pursuit of triumph.
Keep digging when your garden remains lifeless. Keep digging for hope through disappointments. Keep digging when your ditch looks like a desert. Go ahead – get your hands dirty! The rain will come and when it does we may find that our trenches may actually be our most powerful moments of growth and true joy.
Give yourself permission to dream, declare your hope in this New Year and pick up your shovel. Ditch diggers unite!
“The deeper you dig, the greater the rainfall has potential to be.-Perry Noble”