Jun24TueJune 24, 2014
I realize it has been a while since I have blogged, but for the past couple of months I have been on a roof…literally! It’s hard work throwing a pack of 80lb shingles on your shoulder and going up ladders, taking ‘rippers’ and ripping opening up roofs day after day. It is not for the faint of heart to throw down ripped shingles from two stories up and hit the trailer, clean out troughs, nail down bundles of shingles while the sun beats down on you, but air guns are cool though… The rain is cool too as long as you’ve got everything water tight so we do a lot of map checking on the weather network app!
Lessons I’ve learned since roofing!
- Comraderie! I have developed great friendships with the guys that I work with. I have a great respect for the guys and the hard work put in day in and day out! We also push each other to be better, it’s great racing each other up a side of the roof. However, just don’t let Jeremy lose..he’s a Ninaber and doesn’t take losing easily. “It just doesn’t make sense!!” I hear him say when he is beaten… and yes, this speaks for me too, but I’m a rookie so no great expectations there!
We do everything together, not just roof. So, there are challenges like doing 50 push ups on our break just because, racing across the rafters in monkey bar style, jumping off the Belwood bridge, taking vents and hitting them golf style into the bin and everyone buying ball caps with ridiculous sayings! It’s all in or nothing! I feel like a youth pastor once again working with guys half my age! But, I don’t back down. It’s hard to do that when they sing, “nobody’s tough as Jack!”
- Water! I have never drunk so much water in one day well other than a race, but everyone is making sure we are all drinking high quality H2O. There are times when this is turned into a race as well, but like the water cooler in the office, it brings us together to sit down, rest and enter into conversation.
- Laughter and Affirmation! We have a lot of fun together. The guys are quick to poke fun at each other, we sing to each other songs that play on the radio and then there are ‘head shots’! This happens when the plastic wrap around the shingles is tightly tied into a ball and boom, someone is nailed…good fun! However, there is also good talk happening, guys challenging each other, affirming each other’s gifts, encouraging each other.
I don’t know how long I will be roofing but for right now, it has been the right tonic for me. It gives me time to think, to pray, to focus. My ultimate goal is to be doing pastoral ministry with church at the Manor full time. When I shared with Roger, the owner of the Manor about what I’m up to now with my present work, he says, “Jack, you are a pastor, you need to be ministering to the people, not on a roof!” So, inside my head, I’m thinking, wow, he’s more convinced about this than I am. God speaks in mysterious ways! So, I continue to be bi-vocational, but it has given me a real appreciation for what a lot of others do day in and day out. I’ve been a pastor for over 20 years and I can honestly say I have learned so much in this past year since launching a church plant with my wife Sharon in the most unexpected places I have ever been, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. This past Sunday one of the guys I have been building a friendship with walks into our service with a brand new NIV study Bible. He is beaming and I am thrilled because he is ready to go deeper with God and together we will begin the first of many groups focused on life in Jesus!