Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Scary Jobs

One year I worked for the local "haunted house." My job was to sit in a chair in the back of the room - very still. When the people would come by me I had to remain seated and still, until I would pick out one person to scare. I would then leap off the chair, raise my hands, and yell. Usually I was able to get a scream; sometimes they would back up screaming, and one time a person fainted. Now that was a scary job.

I imagine there are other scary jobs. For me, painting the Golden Gate Bridge would be scary, or driving 18-wheelers on an ice road, or launching nuclear missiles would be scary. Walking the steel on high-rise buildings, parachuting out of planes, or putting animal tags on gorillas would also be scary to me. Racing cars around the track might be scary, but real fun, just like riding broncos or directing traffic in downtown Chicago.

If I had to rank some of the scariest jobs of all time, I would say being a kindergarten teacher tops the list. A close second would be just being a man in today's society. With all of the expectations placed upon men and all of society's rules and norms, it is harder for a man to be himself. Yes, it is a scary job, but a necessary one.

It is a job that God equips and empowers me to do - for I can do all things with His help. That is always a comforting thought.

What scares you? Where do you find comfort and help?


Anonymous said...

One thing that really scares me is the occasional thought that my faith is in vain and God does not exist. What if nothing happens when I die? When I have these feelings, I really have to pray hard that the devil will not prevail when he puts these thoughts into my head.

Anonymous said...

How come there aren't blogs everyday?

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Anonymous said...

One thing that scares me is the way the world is today. All the unrest, the wars, poverty, job loss, financial loss, stock market, etc. What kind of world will my child have? Will there still be a world left? I know God will take care of my family and myself, but sometimes my faith just isn't as strong as it needs to be. I know this is all part of God's plan and he promises to never leave or forsake us and I know he will do the same for my family and myself. My daily prayer has become "Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord, have mercy."

Dave said...

AT times like that, all you can do is try to push it out of your head, and realize that some things are beyond our level of understanding, and we just "trust". If you haven't read "The Shack" by Wm. Paul Young, you might want to check it out as it helps provide some "earthly" answers to some tough questions we all have.