And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  —1 Corinthians 13:13

In the Bible, the number seven represents the idea of completion. Personally, I hope that doesn’t apply to our family. Our seventh grandchild was born last week to her parents, Lyndsey and Jason. Jason’s been in the family for four years, Lyndsey for all of her 29. Their first daughter, Kamdyn Faith, just celebrated her second birthday. Their second, Kolbie Love, just started her second week.

Kolbie means “coalworker.” Interesting name for a beautiful little girl who only wears pink collars, not blue ones. But after a little research on the matter, tagging her as a “coalworker” actually made a lot of sense. Here’s what I uncovered.

In the old world, children growing up in a “coal village” usually had little choice but to pursue a destiny in the mines. Their “calling” was to pick up the mantel of their parents and grandparents and “dig in” (literally), just like those who had raised them.

Coalworkers work really hard, often discounting their personal protection and comfort to get the job done.

The sure signs of coalworkers’ success are the warmth, light and energy their diligence and sacrifice provides their needy and grateful communities. 

I might mention that Kolbie’s middle name is Love—an obvious reflection of her family’s continuing love of 1 Corinthians 13. But if a young lady is going to live up to her own destiny by responding to God’s call—deny herself the easy path of a godless culture and work to provide light and warmth for a dark and cold world—well, she is going to need some pretty powerful fuel. And, in the Apostle’s opinion, love provides the highest octane.

So don’t be fooled by those “light up the room” eyes or the soft smirk that so quickly breaks into a smile. This girl came to work.