February 26, 2023
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
When I was 14, I worked in the local grocery store in the thriving metropolis of Titonka, Iowa. My first day of work didn’t go so well. Somehow, I broke the handle on a mop. Yep, I started at the bottom, mopping floors.
When the boss found out I was only 14, he had a cat. “Don’t tell anybody you’re only fourteen.” By age fourteen, I had already had jobs much more dangerous than working in the grocery store. Jobs like, climbing up a seventy foot silo to pitch silage, stacking hay in the hay mow, mowing lawns for half the people in town (that may be an exaggeration), and helping Dad milk cows by hand. Here’s some advice about milking cows. There are two reasons not to stand behind a cow. First, he might kick you. Secondly, well, just don’t stand behind a cow.
With every job, I learned to do it well and fast. Mopping floors led to sacking and carrying out groceries, to being the butcher and running the meat counter. At a skinny 110 pounds, I learned how to stagger from the cold locker to the butcher block with a 180 pound quarter of beef on my shoulder. I only dropped one of those puppies once. It took me a half an hour to get it up off the floor. The boss knew about the mop handle. He never knew about the dropped quarter of beef laying on the floor in the saw dust. ☹
We all experience and learn of life through jobs we may have had. Always do your job to the best of your ability. That’s Biblical, you know. 1st Corinthians 10:31 says this about your job. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Have a great day at work tomorrow…..
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