by Tony Nester

Tender Hearts and Humble Minds
Tony R. Nester
1 Peter 3:8

In one of his books the minister and author Robert Fulghum told about one of his parishioners, a man named Dave Dugan.

Although he had a degree in civil engineering, Dugan was a successful business owner and liked to be known as a simple, hard-working guy. In college he was his one of his football team's starting defensive tackles.

Dugan was a heavy equipment operator, specializing in sewer systems and pipelines. He lived the way he played football - straight ahead, right up the middle, nothing fancy.

Dave Dugan was a member of Robert Fulghum's church. He was what most church trustees would consider a dream member. If there was trash to haul, he brought a 4-ton dump truck. If they needed to move a little gavel, he brought a road grader. He believed there were very few problems in life that could not be overcome with heavy equipment and a go-get-em attitude.

Fulghum once visited Dave Dugan at his work site. He sat in the office trailer, drinking a cup of coffee, and was shocked when Dugan opened his briefcase. There were bundles of $100 bills and a .38 revolver. Dugan said not to worry, many of his projects were far from town and he hired lots of temporary labor and made his payroll in cash. He was bonded to carry $500,000 and licensed to carry the gun.

Since he was out of town for long stretches at a time, Dugan turned down an invitation to serve on the church board, but he came to the meetings anyway when he was in town.

But he was surprised by the board meetings. He thought it would be an honor, but the meetings were taken up with leaking roofs and where could they buy paper towels wholesale. For a take charge man like Dave Dugan these were frustrating meetings.

One night there was a particularly exciting problem. On the entrance side of the church, there were potholes. Patching had not helped and the drive needed to be repaved, which would be quite expensive. On the exit side ...

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