by: Jill Frizell

My dad was an excavator, my mom a beautician. I grew up watching my parents serve in their everyday life and as small business owners. I miss those days hanging out at the warehouse for mini excavator rentals in Vancouver,  So, what did I learn growing up?

Someone is always watching!

I couldn’t go anywhere in Wayne County without someone saying, “she’s a Burkey,” “that’s Chester’s granddaughter,” or “that’s Jim and Barb’s oldest.” We must act in a way that reflects our name. Yours may not be Burkey, but I bet it is “Christian.”

Work ethic.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. As working for the Lord, not for men’ Colossians 3:23. This verse holds special meaning to me as I was always expected to give my best effort.


It all comes back to love. There was a lot of laughter and love in my house. I think often of Luke 11:13, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” I know I am loved by my parents; it is mindboggling to consider how loved I am by my heavenly Father.

***Don’t miss the start of our new series, “Things I Want My Kids to Know” on Sunday at 9:00, 10:15, and 11:30.***