by Jeff Strite

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Be Prepared (A Boy Scout Sunday Sermon) (2 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
Jeff Strite
I Samuel 17:1-53

OPEN: A bricklayer had an accident at work and filed following insurance report:

On the day of my accident I was working alone on the roof of a 6-story building. When I completed my work I discovered that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which was attached to the side of the building at the top of the 6th floor.
I loaded the brick into the barrel. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, which I held tightly to insure a slow descent of the 500 pounds of brick. Unfortunately, I only weigh 135 pounds… and the weight of the barrel jerked me off the ground.
This happened so suddenly, that I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded up the side of the building at a rapid rate of speed.
In the vicinity of the third floor I met the barrel coming down. This explains my broken arm and shattered collar bone.
Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent up the side of the building, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand rammed into the pulley. This explains my two broken fingers.
At approximately the same time, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel and spilled the bricks all over the ground.
The barrel now weighed approximately fifty pounds.
Still holding onto the rope I began a rapid decent down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the 3rd floor I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the 2 fractured ankles and the dislocation of my left kneecap.
Slowed only slightly, I landed directly on the pile of bricks beneath me, and this explains the 3 cracked vertebrae in my back.
Finally, as I lay there on the bricks in pain, unable to stand, and watching that empty barrel six stories above me, relieved that it was over… ...

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