All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
- Proverbs 14:23
To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.
- 1 Corinthians 4:11-13
Sometimes I am a bit too simple minded for my own good, but here goes.
The Scripture from 1 Corinthians starts with being hungry and then talking about working hard. Let’s put those thoughts together in this free money society that we are suffering through right now.
We had COVID. Then we had stimulus checks. Now nobody wants to go back to work because they have enough in the bank.
I have experienced this once before. My first time in India, I stayed at a hotel near Karnala between Navi Mumbai and Alibag, a hotel in the middle of nowhere, where the telephones did not work and the hotel workers worked a little. We had eleven engineers there the first week. We had not started shift work, so everyone was there for the evening meals, and they put me in charge of the tip. I knew that throwing around money was a bad idea, but the wait staff worked extremely hard. I tipped them less than ten percent for each meal, feeling I was not tipping enough – feeling horribly guilty.
When I returned from work one day, the hotel manager was waiting at my hotel room door. This was a bad sign. She told me that she would be serving us at the hotel’s restaurant – the only place in the area where we could eat without hiring a driver – because the wait staff had received so much in tips from me – me, personally – that they decided to retire.
It made no sense for the wait staff to retire. Even though you could survive on one US dollar per day. There were 3-4 waiters for our table, and they would only have enough from that week’s worth of tips to survive about a month. You cannot “retire” when you only had enough money to survive a month. Even if one waiter ran off with the money, that would be only three or four months.
That incident was so bizarre that I could not wrap my head around it. For the next month, with new waiters being hired, the manager looked over my shoulder and told me the tip was too much. By this time there was only 8-9 of us left and I was leaving a tip of about 20 cents, roughly two pennies per person at the table. When all I had left was 50 rupee bills, the hotel manager would make change for me. Fifty rupees at the time was about a dollar.
I thought I would never see that again, until the latest stimulus checks came out.
We recently went on a grand journey from Pennsylvania to Tennessee to Georgia back to Tennessee and back home. Everywhere we went, there were HELP WANTED signs. In some restaurants there were not enough cooks and you either waited an hour to be seated or you went somewhere else. Other locations did not have any wait staff – none.
For that second group of restaurants, I have a suggestion – a new business plan. I will collect the orders for my table. I will go to the kitchen and give the order to the cook. I will check back when the cook has something ready, I will take it to the table. I will even clean the table. I might draw the line at washing the dishes, but I will do all that for free – just so I can eat something!!!! I will even give myself a large tip, but I will not share any of it with the maître-d’. Sorry, he or she are on their own.
I am not, as many seem to be these days, allergic to hard work. Sure, you go out to dinner so that you can be served sometimes, but when you are travelling and all you want is sustenance, you are stuck when no one is serving due to HELP WANTED.
I went to a fast food place in Alabama. Part of my order was ready, but beyond my grasp – getting cold – because there was another part of the order that was not ready. And they did not start my wife’s order until mine was complete. They did not let me have my order until my wife’s order was ready. Her order came to us hot, almost too hot. Mine was either cold or lukewarm, except for the salad that was hot and wilted. My son’s family ordered after my wife and I ordered, and they got free extra food because their order was delayed, but part of my order was cold and delayed, and we did not get free food. What is up with THAT!!!! I do not know if they were short on staff or just stupid.
At least at the gas stations you can pump your own gas, but please do not think there will be anyone inside the store who restocks the shelf with chips, cracker, and chewing gum. Nope. More HELP WANTED.
And my son was saying that when he did that kind of work, he would be working extra hours and banking the stimulus check. All right! He might have listened to us when my wife and I were trying to teach him.
What have we created? People wait for the next stimulus check and refuse to look for work. And there is no guarantee that there will be another check, and if it comes, who will pay for it?
There is a lot of work available right now. Get the job you want before everyone has spent the last dime of their stimulus money and starts looking for work. If you look now, there is very little competition.
But, we must rely on God and God’s plan. We must never rely on our government.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.