“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…”
“Unemployed.” That has a sort of lovely ring to it. Okay, maybe not. How about “retired”? Today was Ben’s last day as an employee of Terminix. While we are rejoicing to finally be done with pest control (at least for now), it also means that we are officially unemployed. The company has not been a joy to work for, but Ben will miss the people. I was invited to a surprise BBQ put on by the guys at the office today.
Everyone had chipped in for hamburgers, hotdogs, and the works. Guys who are no longer with the company or working out of this office stopped by to say “goodbye” and “good luck” to Ben. It meant a lot to him! Of course, in typical guy style, no one had remembered to check the propane on the grill, so mid-way through cooking they had to go buy another bottle! The former secretary, Tina, came over for the occasion also. She was a big encouragement to us when we were new in the area.
Every Friday morning there is a meeting in the office. Ben was asked if he wanted say a few words. Like a typical preacher he did. Although he wanted to give a full fledged sermon he kept it short and simply gave God the glory for everything good in His life and explained why he was moving to Brooklyn. He wrote his new address upon the office white board and told people to give him a call any time they had a spiritual question or need. He also wrote Romans 1:16 upon the board.
Trey (Ben’s office manager, former salesman, and a great guy); Jessie (office secretary); “Q”; Tina (former office secretary & Jessie’s sister); Chris Colley & daughter Courtney (they gave Elaine several newborn outfits); Ben; Greg (Ben trained him).
The card from the group said,
“We understand that you’re leaving to pursue new challenges, achieve Higher goals, and grow as a person. But before you go, we wanted to say one thing…
Take us with you!”
It was the perfect card! Several enclosed money, and we had a great afternoon. Ben has only been employed with Terminix for almost three years, yet only one person has been a technician for longer. Ben will be missed!