Day 289: The Seat of Appetites


Proverbs 16:26

Appetite is an incentive to work; hunger makes you work all the harder.


God gave Man a purpose in his work. He also gave Man the appetite to pursue it.

It would have been an exciting time if I hadn’t been so afraid. My start into manhood came upon graduation from High School. It was the right of passage. I was expected to get a job and make a living.

I left home with $35 and a 1966 Chevy pickup (it was an awesome classic short bed − black and chromed out). I bounced around a couple of jobs until I landed my “dream job” in a coal mine. Working in the mine proved the starting blocks of manhood. I worked alone, twelve hours a night, seven nights a week, eighty-four monotonous hours of pumping water out of the strip mine so the operators would have access to continue our mass moving of earth to unveil the coal.

The responsibility, the loneliness, and the isolation forged my manhood and work ethic. I continue to draw upon those few years of experience that shaped my perspective.

I was so motivated because deep within me was an appetite, my stomach growled, and I was hungry. If I didn’t work, I didn’t eat—that simple.


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