Our son Caleb preached a message on a Wednesday night that got me to thinking about something. We live in a 'chemical' plant area. It's not the lovliest place in the world, but you can thank us for your scrubbing bubbles and chlorine.
There are hazards in any work place. Combines are dangerous. So are tractors. Truck driving has its risks. Nurses and doctors have to be careful of certain unpleasant things. I imagine you can burn yourself pretty bad making donuts,too.
Most of the men I know work in some kind of plant around here and they all have to follow similar rules of safety.
I know our youngest son had to take extensive classes before he could get his badges to go into the area he works every day.
I can't even begin to give all the correct labels and names and precautions the men have to take in the plants around here....but I know enough to know that it is a dangerous place to work.
The guys have special shoes. Hard hats. FRC's....this would be fire retardant coveralls? Badges that turn colors if a certain chemical is released. Eye wash stations. Full body shower stalls.
They might spend half of a day filling out a card about the risks of a certain job. Hole watch. This means somebody sits and watches the worker 'inside' the hole. He does nothing but watch for problems and dangers. This is not a fun job, but somebody has to do it.
The chemical plants do NOT take chances. They have men 'walk' a job before it is assigned to scope out potential hazards. One of my sons went to a safety meeting EVERY single morning at a place he worked. There are signs everywhere reminding the workers to be careful.
You can literally be fired for these offenses: using phone in unit while driving, entering excavations with no permit, not tying off to scaffolding. No questions asked. You're out.
The plants and managers go to GREAT lengths when it comes to preventing problems and accidents.
Evidently it is more cost effective to use time to train and warn....than it is to have accidents. hmmmm.....traning and warning.
So, you are forced to take FIVE minutes and think about what you are doing. Fill out a card for EACH job and sign it, realizing what you are fixing to do and what it requires. The tools, the time, and the SAFETY measures. Take every possible thing into account before starting a job isn't a bad idea.
It's not a bad idea in the Christian life, either.
You just got splattered with the world?
You need a full body shower.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
You allowed poison in your eye-gate.
******Psalms 51:7 KJV
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean : wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
No patience? Nobody can assign you to a 'hole-watch' ?
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved , bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
So, you think you're pretty smart and don't need to go to EVERY safety meeting. It won't hurt to miss a few? They just say the same old things over and over and over again anyway.******Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching .
That old boss of mine told me to watch out for so many things, I can't keep them all straight. He's crazy.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief : for that is unprofitable for you.
Awwww, I can't remember what that card said about this valve. I don't have time to go and see the directions. I'll just try to remember how to do it.
*******Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered .
To obey is better than sacrifice.
Ponder the path of thy feet.
1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said , Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
If you do what you're told, then you don't have to say you're sorry. When you obey, there is nothing to be sorry about.
It's just good old common sense to give heed to safety rules, to pay attention to your surroundings and to BE CAREFUL. Go ahead.....throw caution in the wind and have a tank roll on your leg, or don't RUN when a horn goes off, refuse to take a full body shower if you get chemicals on your arm......don't go to safety meetings....and if you do, don't listen. They just repeat themselves anyway.
Call it what you will, but counsel from those that love the Lord is well worth listening to.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
It's preventative maintenance.
Take a little time to be careful.....and you won't be a spiritual train-wreck.