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Half A Bubble


My step-dad had his own construction company in the southeast Texas area for many years building forms for houses, installing post-tension steel cables for the slabs, and doing miscellaneous carpentry work.  I had the good fortune of working in the summer with him starting at the age of fourteen.  It was hot, brutal, and sometimes dirty greasy work.  Even with all of the negatives I really enjoyed making my own money and working for him over those summer months.

One summer when I was sixteen years old Dad gave me some work to do on my own.  He actually contracted with me to build a total of 10 – 12 x 14 patio forms for several homes in a residential development we were working on in Pasadena, Texas.  I was going to make some good money at a flat rate of ten dollars per patio.  I had built several patio forms before and one of the primary rules was to make sure that the water drained good once the slab was poured.  To accomplish that we dropped the wood form down on one side by placing a level on top and lowering it just a bit on one edge with the level on top to half a bubble.  That would ensure the water drained properly and that the homeowners didn’t have to go out after every rain and sweep the rain off the patio before they could use it.

I scrapped around trying to find enough 2″ x 4″ lumber on the site that weekend to build all of the forms for the patios I needed to and finally came up with enough to accomplish the task.  I worked hard and was real proud of being able to build all 10 patio forms in one long day.  Dad paid me the money in one big check and was I ever excited to have that much money at one time.  When I went back to school two months later, the construction superintendent for the subdivision mentioned to Dad that there were 10 patios that ended up being perfectly level and all were holding water.  Guess what?  Those patios were all of the ones that I had built!  I had forgotten to drop the patio forms the half a bubble which was a very important part.  I am not sure why I did it or how I forgot.  Maybe I was too busy dreaming of what I was going to do with all of that money.

That’s how it is in life too when we forget about GOD’s words and his ways that are best for us.  When we forget him and his words, then our lives tend to be in a state of constant uncertainty and turmoil.  We end up having to constantly sweep the water off the back patio after a rain.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein.  For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.”

Joshua 1:8 KJV


  1. preacherdsj says:

    Good read. Thank you for sharing that story.

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  2. secretangel says:

    Excellent example. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Well that was too bad, Tony :-/ But it made a good analogy! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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