One day a boy walked into a drugstore and asked to use the phone. He dialed a number and said, "Dr. Brown, do you need a boy to mow your lawn and run errands?" He listened, then said, "Oh, you have a boy you like? All right, thank you."
When the youngster hung up, the druggist said, "Just a minute, son! I can give you work."
The boy said, "Thanks, but I have a job."
The druggist said, "But weren't you just on the phone asking for work?"
"No sir," The boy answered, "I work for Dr. Brown. I was just checking up on myself."
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. To be sharp, to be up on the job, we also must check up on ourselves . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but man is tested by the praise he receives.
Originally Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013