For me, sitting in a car dealership while my car is being repaired is like having a root canal! Picture me, if you will, while sitting in the waiting room: typing feverishly on my laptop, my Bible sitting on the coffee table, and several books waiting to be opened. I always take several hours of work with me wherever I go just in case the repair is going to take longer than anticipated, or in case I am stuck at an airport. I’m usually pretty focused, but this time something caught my attention. The car lot that usually had over 100 new cars for sale had less than 20 cars on the lot, and for the two hours that I waited, I saw only two people who needed repairs. The previous year, this waiting room would have been filled with salesmen busily waiting on customers. So I began to wonder, is it the economy or is something else causing this slump?
I began observing the counter staff, the mechanics at their stations, the clerk, the manager, and the sales people. They were reading the newspaper, they were talking to each other about nothing, they were chiding each other, gossiping, and waiting for the coffee. After the first hour I noticed that not one thing was accomplished. Over 20 workers and an hour went by and nothing productive occurred.
I am observing this lack of productivity more and more these days; we are spiraling downward and spinning out of control. Solomon, one of the most productive men who ever lived, wrote in Proverbs 14:23 “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.” Let’s redeem our time as we work . . . there’s great reward for those who do!