Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

You’re Fired

I sat watching one of our techs walk out of the office shocked that that day was his last day working with our company. It felt like death. The quietness fell in that building so deep, it was a trudge to walk to our truck. The relationships that were formed were crushed. The security of financial backing was washed up. Being fired from a job is devastating. A world in complete order gets tossed around into sheer chaos.

This is exactly what happened to my life just mere days ago. Without warning, I was told I wasn’t needed anymore. Six months of termite studies, two state certifications, one state license, customer service experience, and given to my craft obliterated in one simple sentence by one person with power.

Being a man of faith, I’m thankful that the one with ultimate power has no desire to sit me down and say, “Kevin, I have to let you go.” I’ve messed up more in my spiritual life than I have in my work life. I’ve done more intentional wrongs toward God than I have toward my workplace. I’ve been more devoted to my work in pest control than I have to God at times and still I have never heard God tell me He has to let me go.

Pest control can be a seasonal job. So can our work in God. There are times when we don’t feel like being a Christian. We don’t feel like praying. We don’t feel like being nice to someone. We’d rather get on the internet than read our bible. We’d rather ignore someone who’s in need. There are seasons in our walk where we feel far from God because of our own doings. II Timothy says preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Our walk with God can sometimes be seasonal too, but I don’t have a God who fires me because He thinks I’m not wanted when I’m in an off-season. I am always wanted by God. You are always wanted by God. If you’re feeling the same way, if you’ve been fired from something you love, If you feel like you’ve lost it all and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no answers, no feelings of joy, you ARE wanted… by God and you will never be let go.

 

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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December 13, 2011 Posted by | devotion | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DDT During WWII

This is an interesting video on DDT uses during WWII. Shout out to Insects In The City for sharing this on his blog.

July 6, 2011 Posted by | Chemicals | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Many Things I Ask, One Thing God Asks

Walking into a roach treatment takes the knowledge of where to find the roach’s hideouts, deciding what chemicals to use, how to inform the customer of what your about to do and then communicating your needs from the customer after the job is done.

I like to ask a lot of questions up front. Like how many do they normally see? Where do you see most of them? Do you have any health concerns? Are there small children or animals living in the house? And many more. From there I move to a thorough inspection where I climb through every cabinet, walk through every room and pay close attention to hot-spots like refrigerators, microwaves, cordless phones, water heaters or any other device that makes heat.

Once I have located all infested areas it’s time to treat. There are many products out there to use for the treatment of roaches and I like to hit em with everything I can. Leaves no room for error in killing them. I move to my truck grab my supplies and head in for the task. I spray, I bait, I use some aerosol, I dust, I vacuum. By the time I’m done I have a graveyard and a pleased customer.

The next step is always the hardest. Communicating to the customer what their part is in the eradication of the pests. In my best voice, I try to inform them that I’m finished with my part. Now it’s time to do their part. I need them to stay clean. Clean dishes after every meal. Don’t leave food out because then the roaches choose their food and not my food.

I tell them they need to clean up any dead roaches. Live ones when gone without food for a while will feed on dead ones. I tell them they need to clean the nesting areas where they have laid their feces. This will cause disease to spread and cause anyone in the house to acquire asthma. I tell them much more but I won’t bore you.

The same can be said with God. When we ask God to handle our problems sometimes he tells us some things we have to do first. I normally don’t like these steps I have to make. But if we read in Psalm 51, we can see that David asked for many things from God after his affair with Bathsheba. He asked for grace, washing, cleansing, purity, reminder of joy and gladness, a clean heart, renewed spirit, allowance to stay near to God, restoration, sustenance by the Spirit, and deliverance.

What was David to do? What did God ask David to do? Verse 17 says the sacrifices of God are a broken Spirit, a broken and contrite heart. It would seem to me that God is asking David not to sacrifice animals, or give a burnt offering (v.16) but to sacrifice himself. To give his heart fully. Allow it to be broken so that God can renew it, mend it, and reshape it.

These things David asked. This thing God asks. Are you hung up in sin. Have you made a mistake once, twice, ten times, a thousand times? It doesn’t matter. God asks one thing. Be a living sacrifice. Sacrifice everything you are for everything He is. In the end you have to believe your reward will be outstanding.

January 25, 2011 Posted by | devotion, roaches | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Faith Debugged (the book)

Coming soon

  • spiritual insights
  • pest knowledge
  • faith in exterminating
  • excerpts from the book
  • questions on faith and pests

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments