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Topic: Weary (05/03/12)
TITLE: The Fire That Changed A Life
By Ken Ebright
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Josh sat down and nodded off. A few minutes later the shrieking smoke alarm jolted him from his chair, and he ran to the kitchen and saw flames creeping up the wall. Grabbing the phone, he punched in the numbers. “This is 911, what’s your emergency?"
"My apartment is on fire. Get over here quickly."
"Okay sir, we’re on the way." Josh bolted out into the street.
As a result of the fire, Josh’s apartment suffered major damage.
A police officer walked over with a clipboard to ask questions.
"Sir, I'm Officer Kent, The first thing I need is your name."
"I'm Josh Middleton." He shook the officer’s hand.
The two sat on the curb. "The Fire Chief says that it was grease that caused the fire. Can you tell me what happened?"
Josh let out a long breath. "I put in long hours everyday. Today I started at six in the morning. I got home from work at midnight. I put the fish in the pan and went to sit down and fell asleep."
The officer took notes. "It appears that this fire happened because you were tired. Can I ask why you work long hours?"
"I'm a small business owner, in the electrical business. I have to help out in the field and do the bookkeeping all by myself. I got behind on the accounting. I put in 12 hour days every week."
The officer stopped writing and put his pen down. "Why don't you hire someone to do your billing?"
Josh looked down on the ground. "I am afraid that would make me go bankrupt."
The officer smiled. "It sounds like you have enough work. The reason I ask all these questions is because I am a Christian. I like to use my position to help people. Do you know Jesus?"
"Yes, I do."
"Well, maybe you need to trust him. This accident happened because you were overworked. You need to get your sleep."
Josh face lit up. "Officer, maybe you’re right."
"I'll keep you in my prayers." Both men stood up, shook hands and walked away.
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