By Alan Smith
A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank,
he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. As he stood by his car,
drinking his Pepsi, he noticed a couple of men working along the
roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move
on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one
was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in
The men worked right past the fellow with the Pepsi and went on down
the road. "I can't stand this," said the man, heading down the road
toward the men. "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me
what's going on here with this digging?"
"Well, we work for the county," one of the men said.
"But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You're
not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?"
"You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his
shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us - me, Rodney
and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts
the dirt back. Now just because Rodney's sick, that don't mean that Mike
and me can't work."
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and minister
for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, may be
contacted at email@example.com