Working Construction

by Josh, Vanguard

Over the past few months, I had the unique opportunity of working construction with my fellow Vanguard Dan under the supervision of George and Baronger. I had almost no prior experience in construction!

Halfway through my time in construction we started a new project: remodeling a house. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to learn about this process under such incredible people.  At first I was a little nervous about this project, but once we dove into it I discovered it to be fun and engaging.  Every day was different in its own way.   We were always moving between different tasks.  I got to tear down walls, ceilings, and floors while developing a better work ethic.

Work ethic is a very important life skill that I am learning here in the Northwoods and I’m very grateful for it.  It is something that will carry me throughout the rest of my life.  I always knew I needed to grow in this area, but I feel like I am finally learning what it means to grow in my work ethic while at the same time growing in my relationship with Jesus.  Working with someone like Baronger was an adventure.  He always had something interesting to talk about and I learned so much just from being around him.  He always answered any questions I had about anything. I am very grateful that he helped lead this project.  I am stoked to see the final result in a few months after the new construction Vanguards finish what we have started.

I’m so grateful that I have had the opportunity to work in the barn and construction so far.  I like the structure of the work rotations and how they fit in with this gap year.  Learning more about my relationship with God through horses and building things (or tearing them down) has been transformational.  I’ve learned that you can experience God through anything even if you fail at it first.  It’s not just about what you can do to please Him because you will never be able to do that apart from Christ.  It’s about experiencing Christ’s grace and love in every area of life.  This is a lesson that I will take with me for the rest of my life.

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