For the past two days I have been observing the construction of a new concrete driveway across the street. On Saturday I saw a tree come down to make room for a wider driveway and that is a skill all its own too. Then yesterday the bed was laid by taking out the old driveway.
Those men know how to drive those machines, how to dig the bed, how deep to dig the bed, how to measure it with exactness, and just how much gravel to lay. Today the final forms were set and filled. The cement truck knows how to unload the wet concrete and the men know how to smooth it all out. Tonight, they are putting the finishing touches on the drive and as I type this they are loading up the Bobcat and other tools and heading out, probably to do it all over tomorrow somewhere else.
I have absolutely no spiritual application for this post. Only utmost respect for skilled men who do these unappreciated jobs day and day out. They provided for their families through labor that few people really know how to do.
Hats off to our construction workers whether they are framing a house or pouring a foundation, or laying miles of electrical wires, or fitting pipes for plumbing. They are smart, hard-working guys.
And I salute Mike Rowe for knowing the value of American labor regardless of what the job is at hand. He understands the nobleness of simple dedication to doing a job correctly and passes his inspiration along on his own blog site.
Maybe I’ll think of these guys on Labor Day this year. In case I don’t think of them then, let’s all remember to appreciate those who work for us. I walked across the street tonight and thanked them for their diligent work. They don’t get enough compliments, of that I am sure.
A verse does come to mind: Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”