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Driveway view of snowy home - daylight fades over a snow-covered suburban homeWhat were you doing when you were 18 years old? We can think back to those days and the words motivation, hustle, and hard-working are not the first that come to mind. Idaho 18-year-old David Holston brings a whole new meaning to hard working and he was certainly rewarded for it.

Living in Idaho, Holston works for a landscaping company. Like many landscaping companies, there’s not so much land to scape in the winter, so they drive snow plows. As fate would have it, 2019 has been an incredibly snowy year for the entire nation. Which, for plow drivers, means business is booming.

Holston’s mother had recently had surgery in Seattle, Washington and was there visiting her. In case you weren’t aware, Washington State was buried under record-breaking snowfall. While Holston was visiting his mother, his friend told him he should think about bringing his plow truck back from Idaho and help dig people out. In the United States, there are about 5.9 million commercial motor vehicle drivers currently operating. Snow plow drivers are among those license holders who have been in highest demand as the winds of winter have howled, bringing more snow than usual. His friend had a good point. That’s what friends are for.

Holston returned to Idaho and posted an ad on Craiglist offering plowing service in Seattle. His first offer was for $1,000. He returned to Seattle to celebrate his mother’s birthday, this time with his plow truck. Holston’s office travels with him and he had is work cut out for him. After the birthday celebration was over, he set to work.

He had jobs lined up until midnight, then into the next day. In the end, at rates ranging between $500 and $750 per hour, he pulled in approximately $35,000 in the span of a few days. That’s a jaw-dropping haul for anyone, regardless of age, in the course of a few days. A good Christian young man, he gave all the glory to God, quoting scripture from the gospel of Luke (verse 12:31):

“‘But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.’ The Lord blessed me with the money for the sole purpose of advancing his kingdom. All of the glory goes to God!”

With that money, he plans to buy some new lawn equipment for the upcoming landscaping season, save a good portion of it to put toward buying a first home, and is donating 20% of it to his church.

We aren’t much for telling people what to do with their money, but would he have been there if his buddy hadn’t given him the idea? He should at least take his friend out to dinner or something.