Doing Your Job Night and Day

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When Ray, one of our grandsons, and I returned to our house from an outing on Monday evening, we were all surprised by bright red and white lights up ahead on our road. We saw a bucket truck . . .

and another truck on the road . . .

Another bucket truck was parked on the hill with a man in its bucket.

Flashlights were bobbing in the woods. When we stopped to ask what they were working on, all were upbeat and seemed to be enjoying their work. Naturally I got out of the car to take pictures. I was surprised when the man in the bucket on the truck on the road came down to the pavement right beside me and got out. I’ve never been that close to a “landing” bucket before.

Ray and I had not had Internet downtime that day but evidently some of our neighbors had. These utility worker heroes were restoring their service by repairing fiber optic cable that squirrels had chewed! One of the men said that he hoped they could get the okay soon to move the cable away from the trees. Well, I guess so!

Night and day workers are doing their jobs—and sacrificing often—to keep things going for everyone else.

On another recent evening, Ray and I stopped by Miss Sallie’s Market, our town’s new locally-sourced market, after church. I was driving that night and parked in a parallel spot in front of the store. Before we could walk inside, a patrol car with flashing blue lights pulled in behind our car. Ray and I were stunned as we wondered what I had done wrong. The deputy sheriff got out grinning. He is a friend, a homeschool graduate we first met years ago, and now a homeschool dad. That night he was just having fun with us, but I am grateful that he does the job we all need him to do night and day.

That’s what you do, too. You do the job your family needs. You do it night and day—sacrificing often. Thank you.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
as for the Lord rather than for men,
knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the reward of the inheritance.
It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:23-24



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  1. Hi Charlene! I’m so incredibly sorry I haven’t written you in so extremely long (since June I believe, ouch), we got busy buying our house, moving and doing lots of work, and I rudely never stopped to write you back. I still plan to do that soon. I have been closely following your blog and am so thankful for Ray’s good health outcome, and am still praying for his healing, and both of your strength.

    I very much enjoyed this sweet post today, thank you for the great reminder that we are all working for the Lord!

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