Sunday, March 1, 2009

What If Jesus Had A Nail Gun?

Being a carpenter, sometimes I wonder if Jesus looks down upon us and see all the tools that he never had and gets kind of ticked off. I mean, we have power drills, saws, scissors, and everything else under the sun to do a job right. And not to mention all the hand tools. I have hand tools that make other hand tools better. If you don't have the right tool for a job, there probably is one, you just don't know it. They will make one. I have never come across a job that they did not make a tool for. I may not have that tool and it ticks me off, but they make it.

Seriously in Jesus's time, they whittled holes through wood. Do know how much work that was. Three other guys and myself (back in our early twenties) stick built a 2400 square foot home with an attached garage in less that 3 regular work days. That's less than 24 hours off work. Jesus may have only whittled (drilled) 24 holes in that amount of time. I bet he is in awe of where we technologically are.

Just to think how far we have come in just my short lifetime amazes me. I'm sure that because God is all knowing and Jesus is his son, they kind of knew we would be here. But, we did it. I am still a few years away from forty and when I was a child, I had to get up to change the channel. A computer was something that took up a room. Base model cars had no frills, not even a passenger side rear view mirror.

The vehicle I learned to drive in was a 1987 Chevrolet s-10 pickup truck. All of it's features were, 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine, 4 speed manual transmission, vacuum assisted brakes, heater, AM radio, steel rally wheels, painted rear step bumper, and sunshine stripes (on the exterior). Trucks then didn't come with rear bumpers, it was an option. That truck was also under $7,000 brand new.

Back to what I was saying. I still like to think, in my funny little mind, that every time a new, better, bigger, and shinier tool is made, Jesus let's out a "Come on!! I could of used that too!". It cracks me up to think that he was diligently watching the day somebody made the first nail gun. I'll bet my grandfather even says "I could have used that" a couple time from heaven. Come to think of it, imagine all the people in heaven watching us grow. The transformation has got to be amazing. We went to the moon for crying out loud. Very cool. I know that we make them proud.

So, if you are ever working around me and I pull the trigger and shoot a 16 penny nail into a pine board and you see me grin. You will know what I am thinking.


june cleaver said...

Steve... that was awesome. You know what else? God knew you were going to write that post-and he smiled thinking about it when you were born-knowing that one day you would do the work that His Son did and that you would love it as much as Jesus did.

Very cool my friend-very cool indeed.

Anonymous said...

That was a very cool post! I say cool because I grew up in the late 50's early 60's when cool was COOL!
Your dad was very COOL in the 50's and I'm sure he is enjoying your blogging.
And Grandpa Mac, I'm sure, would have liked to have had some power tools when he built his boat. He could have cut those 50 some man hours in half.
And while we are reminiscencing...
Yesterday I was reading the paper and saw an ad for Ed's Stop and by the son and grandson of Ed Welch. Made me think of Grandma Mac and how she loved to go to the Stop and Shop and buy meat from Ed. The trip there was also a great social event. At that time the store was in Griffith, now it is St. John. I thought to myself that I would like to stop in that store someday just to revisit the times when Mom and I made a trip to the Stop and Shop...but I decided that if I did,the folks would wonder why I was wandering around the store with tears in my eyes. So I just had a good cry right there looking at the ad.
Aunt Barbara

Anonymous said...

Hey Steve,
So you always wear your hat in the weight room?
Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

I mean "Do" you always wear your hat...
What a Monday morning putz am I...

Cousin Steve said...

I wear my hat at all times. I would just feel naked without it. I even wear it when I am out in the pasture eating grass.

Mrs Marcos said...

AM radio?! What was it like to be rich? ;)

Seriously, my dad used to order his cars with no radio, no air conditioning, no frills.

Anonymous said...

I remember getting a car with power steering! What? How cool was that? And then power windows? Shut up! Next thing ya know there will be a gadget that gives me could happen.

Tee Hee Hee.

Love your blog cuz.

Catholic Audio said...

Seriously, Cousin Steve? A nail gun? Of all the tools I could see Jesus getting excited about, that would be about bottom on the list...right after the automatic scourging machine...

God Bless,

Urban Mom said...

That's so weird... the other night, Urban Dad was commenting on how the nail gun was probably one of the greatest inventions ever.

If you haven't seen this video yet, you might dig it. It seems kinda-sorta related:

june cleaver said...

Steve... you have to take the photog of you at the beach off of your blog. I can't stop looking at it.

I am sure Timmy is having the same problem with it!

Cris said...

WTF Jimmy... this post has been up here for a liftime and a half.