PURPLE EARPLUGS: THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER’S GUIDE TO KEEPING THE FAITH

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Everybody was in a frenzy to get all thirteen large cement pieces loaded on the truck. The noise level escalated and I was trying to finish my paperwork in the same room. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the locker with the earplugs and grabbed the purple ones. I’d never tried them before. They were amazing! In just a couple seconds all the voices disappeared. It was great.

 

What do I hear, see and say? I remember a picture of three monkeys, the first covered his ears, the second, his eyes and the third, his mouth. It was labeled, HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL. I quickly drew my own version for painters like myself.

 

In the construction industry, it can get pretty uproarious and sometimes I just don’t want to participate. Usually it’s good to look someone directly in the eyes when they’re speaking, but if they’re speaking nonsense or garbage, instead of trying to correct them (which really isn’t my job), I just look away and they hardly even notice.

 

I’m not antisocial, but I am responsible to God and the Lord Jesus Christ to do my best to not get wrapped up with the things of the world. I have to keep myself somewhat apart from all the craziness.

 

God says something about this right in the beginning of the Bible: “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested” (Gen. 2:3). The word sanctified is the Hebrew word “qadash” which means “to be set apart.” The only way to have true rest in our current world is to be set apart unto God. Keeping watch over what comes into my ears, into my eyes and out of my mouth helps us do this.

 

Second Timothy 2:21 tells us that if a person purges himself from those things that are dishonorable, “he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” That’s what true Christians really want.

 

David spoke these words, “Turn my eyes away from vanity [all those wordly, meaningless things that distract—let Your priorities by mine], and restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways” (Ps. 119:37).

 

In Isaiah 33:15, Isaiah gives several details about walking uprightly. He teaches that a person should make the effort to speak no evil, hear no evil and see no evil. He is “walking righteously, and speaking uprightly; he is despising the gain of oppressions, shaking his hands from holding bribes, stopping his ears from hearing of blood, and shutting his eyes from seeing evil.”

 

Basically, the Lord wants us to strive to be holy in all aspects of our lives. That’s why He inspired Paul to write First Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth [is dwelling] in you?”

 

And in Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 

Though my cartoon above is for painters in the construction industry, the principles are the same for all Christians. It’s our responsibility to do our best in the natural, but beyond that, it’s our privilege to ask the Lord to help us, because we can’t do it without Him.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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