August 15, 2016
We spent the other night in Duluth. At the rest stop, there was a worker that hollered to me as I entered the bathroom, “I just finished cleaning it. Don’t mess it up like the others.”
I replied with a big smile of assurance, “Don’t worry, I am NOT like the others.”
When I came out, the worker started telling me a story about one time when a guy came up to him right after he finished cleaning the windows on the large glass doors. The guy approached the worker and said matter-of-factly, “You know these aren’t going to stay clean.”
The worker responded, “I know.”
Then the guy proceeded to place both hands on the glass to push open the door and leave. After he committed his act, he turned back, smiled at the worker, and walked off.
The rest stop worker had pride in the hard work he did. He knew it would eventually become dirty again, but day after day he continued to strive to keep the place clean. How disheartening to hear of the ungratefulness of others and how that affected the satisfaction in his job.
This is a modern day version an example in the Bible. The book of Ecclesiastes tells about how everything repeats itself. In Eccl. 2:24-25 the wise king, Solomon, states, “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?”
King Solomon was explaining that God grants us satisfaction in the monotonous work we do when we fear and follow Him. Solomon concludes in Eccl. 12:13, “… to fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.”
Until we meet again,