The events of the past week illustrate that we tend to do things if no one is watching. When the bombs at the Boston Marathon went off, one of the first comments I heard was, “With all the cameras in place, and all the cell phones with cameras, it should not take long to identify the perpetrators.”
I wonder if the two brothers, who were quickly identified and pursued, even thought about the abundance of cameras. I wonder if they thought about the consequences.
It all reminds me of the verse in Numbers 32:23 (KJV) which says, “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Sobering.
God’s camera is always on. He never misses a thing. When you displayed a bad attitude at work or towards your boss, He saw it.
Sure, you may pull off your sinful act, and you may even attend a party that evening, but you will never get away. Oh, perhaps for a time. Maybe for a long time.
But one day you will be exposed, because God’s camera is always on!
He stressed getting on the job early and going over what had to be done for the day. The reasoning was simple. If the crew and I showed up right at starting time, the crew would stand around while I got my game plan together. That equals wasted time and wasted money on wages.
Then when the day was over hang around a little. Reflect, walk around, and survey what needs to be done the following day. In all honesty I tended to continue to think about work long after I had left the job.
In construction it’s so common for the guys to pull up right at starting time. In their minds they should get paid to get their tools out of their cars, take five minutes to get on the building, and have a few minutes of conversation. Then when quitting time came they flew off the building as if they were going to a fire. Go figure. If they were asked to work five minutes extra they balked.
Which simply means that if you arrive first, or at least early, and leave last, or at least hang around a few minutes, you will set yourself apart from the crowd.
To this day it’s almost impossible for me not to arrive first and leave last. For years it was ingrained into me, and I’m thankful that today it remains a core value.
To set the context, you need to know my dad was all about work. He never stopped for lunch. In fact, in his earlier days as a crane operator, while the others were eating lunch he wiped the crane down. He felt like he could eat lunch while operating the crane.
Once again, my dad is in his element when he is cleaning or working. To most of us we would say that dad never took time to enjoy life, but he was enjoying life if he was working or cleaning something.
To him those things were fun.
Well, one day my brother Mark, Scott, Mike, and I were working together on a job when dad pulled up. We had not been working long so it was still early.
Dad jumps out of the truck and says, “Let’s go skiing!”
Totally unexpected. Skip work and go skiing? Are you kidding? That simply never had happened before.
To this day it remains one of the most memorable days in my life.
I have skied many times. But only once was it memorable.
And what made it memorable? The unexpected.