What Am I Grateful For Today… City Workers

Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. 11 Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! 12 Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home (Romans 12:9-13, Common English Bible).

Late yesterday morning I had a situation happen at the church I had not encountered before. About 11:30 a city worker came into the church to tell me we had a water leak somewhere. He said the meter was spinning. He said I had a choice, I could sign a paper or allow them to turn the water off. I had to make a quick decision. I didn’t have time to consult with anyone. I decided to sign.

What happened next really surprised me. There were actually two city workers were present. We and I do mean we, started looking around the building in question trying to find a running toilet or a faucet left on. After looking at the two buildings in question, and finding nothing inside, we turned our focus outside. We found one outside faucet on and one dripping pretty badly. We got them turned off but the meter, while slower, was still spinning.

I did sign the paper to keep the water on. I then called the chair of the Board of Trustees. He told me what I did was the right decision. He took over from there.

The reason I am grateful for city workers in general and these two gentlemen, in particular, is, like many jobs, being a city worker is really pretty thankless and doesn’t pay that well to boot. About the only time we see or talk to these folks is when something is wrong. These two guys not only did their job, they took the time and went out of the way to help. They could have just turned the water off and not given us a choice in the matter. But, when he saw my concern about turning off the water, he helped me look for the place where we were losing water. We found some but at last report, we were still losing water somewhere.

Think of our police officers. They risk their lives to keep us safe. Or, what about firefighters or EMS workers? Theirs is also a dangerous job. Further, in many communities around the country, these folks aren’t city employees or employees of contractors of the city, they are volunteers. I don’t know the statistics but it wouldn’t surprise me any if the number of volunteer fire departments exceeds the number of paid fire departments.

I haven’t even gone to city hall, street maintenance, sanitation workers, sewer plant workers (talk about a thankless job), and more. I can’t think of all the positions workers hold in even small cities.

Paul says, “Love should be shown without pretending.” They have to do these jobs for some reason. I think for most, the reason is, they want to serve. They want to make a difference in their communities because they love their communities without pretending.

That is what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today. Write it in your journal and then go out and share it with someone. Hopefully it will make them smile.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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