Sunday, May 11, 2014

"There's only one kind of people I can't stand.."

The tollboth days  (see this) became telephone line days.

I had been a Christian for just a matter of weeks the first time I put on this hardhat.

It was summer job as cable splicer's assistant (slave/grunt)  for Southern New England Telephone  in London, Connecticut.

I had just met Jesus at Fresno Pacific University  during my freshman year.
I was still a year away from meeting his wife..(:   (see this)

So of course I wanted to tell people about Jesus.

I put on this hat, my toolbelt...and various parts of my summer armor.
I met one of my my partners for the day; a bug, buff, beaming ex-Marine wearing a T-shirt reading:

"Kill them all; let God sort it out."

He shook my hand firmly; and looked me in the eyes squarely as he said.

"Good to meet you.  I'm sure we'll get along fine. 
 There's only one kind of people I can't stand, and that's born-again Christians."

In retrospect, I'm amazed he didn't add, "...and I'm sure you're not one of them, are ya?"

I, uh, didn't brag that my new-birth certificate.
I didn't tell him about Jesus.
I didn't volunteer that I was indeed one of them; and that he should be, too.

I smiled.

We got in the truck.

I noticed a small card with a photo on the visor.
I asked my supervisor who it was.

"Oh, that last assistant.  It's his funeral card.
He...uh, died on the job."


Freshman year pics, '82-83 Fresno Pacific
Summer '83 pics, Connecticut

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