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October 11, 2016, 12:00 AM


Do you have any work experience? That was the question asked most when I was a younger man looking for work. I always had a job but often grew bored with what I was doing and went on to better (I thought) opportunities. For your enjoyment, I am presenting two of my work experiences when I was somewhere between 17-19 years of age. If you like these ones, I have a few more to share. REMEMBER: Those who say something can't be done, should never interrupt those who are doing it!

      Del Taco is a restaurant chain in Southern California. Have you ever been to a drive thru? If so, you know how boring the order takers are. Well, I asked the management not to put me on the mic but they did anyway. Within a few days, people were lining up not just to order but to hear what I would say. My greeting would go something like this (thanks to Bob Newhart), “Hello and thank you for coming to Del Taco, please keep all hands and feet in the ride at all times. If you would be so kind to give me your order, it will be waiting for you at the completion of the ride.” This went on for about two weeks. The owner loved it and sales began to increase during the lunch period.

      On that fateful day, the manager (a lady), told me that I was being stupid and folks didn’t think that it was funny. So, in the interests of wanting to be the best employee I could be, I asked the next carload of laughing adults if they thought the greeting was stupid because my manager thought it was. They replied that the manager was stupid. Well, the manger was standing behind me and upon hearing the response was less than excited about the conversation. When the lunch rush was finished, she asked to talk with me in private – private conversations have never boded well for me and so, I had some trepidation.

     She informed me that she knew that I was trying to steal her job from her and that she would not allow it. I assured her that becoming manager of a Del Taco was not my highest aspiration in life and that she was slightly unhinged if she thought so…that’s not totally correct, I told her she was crazy. And it came to pass, that she remained secure in her management and I became unemployed. 

      Lesson: My work experience taught me to never be a threat to a female fast food manager. I learned from that experience and never worked fast food again.

     Then there was the time that I left a sand blasting  job before the Fed’s closed it down for tax evasion. No surprise there, they had evaded paying me too. So it was that I spied a ‘Help Wanted’ sign for a flower delivery driver. I walked in filled out the application and was given the job. As I was leaving the owner said, “By the way, the vehicle is a stick shift. Is that alright with you?” I answered in the affirmative!

       At the time, I rented a room from a elderly lady. One room was shared by me and a fellow room mate named Dan. We had worked together on the sandblasting job.  Dan, had a truck and it was a stick shift. I told Dan about my new employment opportunity. He asked if I knew how to drive a stick and I said, no BUT you do. So it was that Dan taught me how to drive a stick shift in about two hours. On the way to church, he had me drive up the side entrance onto a hill...I almost rolled into the car behind me several times BUT we made it and I had learned to drive a stick shift.

      Things went fine my first day on the job. I made several deliveries and was enjoying my new driving skills. Until I came to a four way stop. When I arrived at the stop, I was the only vehicle there. As I made the left hand turn, the truck  began to jerk and stop, jerk and stop. This was not good! Within the next five minutes, there were cars at all four stop signs. I was now in the middle of the intersection hopelessly jerking ahead a few inches at a time. 

       I am forever indebted to the kind hearted truck driver who leaned half way out of his truck yelling and encouraging me to ‘put it in first’, while questioning my intelligence and insisting that my mother was a canine. 

       Lesson: If not for this work experience, I might still be trapped in the middle of a four way stop and would never have the pleasure of hearing the truckers words of encouragement echoing in my ears EVERYTIME I drive a stick shift almost 30 years later.

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect, and passion in operation - John Ruskin


01-05-2017 at 6:36 PM
David Boyd
There's just way too much talent wrapped in Bro. Savala! Great singer. Doctrinal preacher and COMEDIAN! Love the stories and keep up the good work.
12-19-2016 at 11:55 AM
Brent Crosswhite
What a dose of a good medicine called laughter I had reading this today!
10-12-2016 at 8:27 AM
Bobby Ikerd
Hahaha. You made my morning. This was great reading while sipping my coffee. Tell us more!!!
10-11-2016 at 11:21 PM
Peter Connell
Funny stuff. I have a few of those experiences myself, and a few interviews that we're learning experiences as well. Keep writing!
10-11-2016 at 3:47 PM
Mark C
I enjoyed reading these today! You really should publish a book about some of these things!
10-11-2016 at 3:43 PM
Rick McGuffey
Funny stories, Brother!
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May 17, 2016, 10:07 AM


It may not be for silver, it may not be for gold, But by the tens of thousands the Prince of Life is sold, Sold for a godless friendship, sold for a selfish aim, Sold for a fleeting trifle; sold for an empty name.

Sold in the mart of science, sold in the seat of power, Sold at the shrine of fortune, sold in pleasure’s bower, Sold for your awful bargain none but God’s eye can see,  Ponder my soul the question; shall He be sold by thee? 

Sold! Oh God, what a moment! Stilled is conscious voice; Sold! And a weeping angel records the fatal choice, Sold! But the price accepted to a living coal shall turn, With pangs of a late repentance deep in the soul to burn.

~ Source Unknown ~

 ~ The book of Jude is thought to have been written between 65-69 AD. Jude was most likely the Lord Jesus’ half-brother (Matthew 13:55). In his writing he said, “…there should be mockers in the last times, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 1:18-19).  Jude describes a group that practiced separation unto the sensual. Just as Judas sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver, there are those that continue to sell out Jesus for the sensual trinkets of this world – lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life(1 John 2:15). People sell what they do not love.

God help me to always “keep myself in the love of God”, so that I will never sell you out for the sensual! I choose to be souled out for Jesus. ~ JPS

Reprinted from the book: Read This...Seriously! 


February 2, 2016, 2:51 AM

One More Move

As a tour guide took a group through an art gallery;  he stopped before a painting entitled Checkmate.  The guide talked about the painting, and then moved on.  But one in the group stayed behind, staring at  the chess pieces on the chessboard in the painting.   
The chess game was between the devil and Faust,  who had sold his soul to the devil. It appears as if the devil has won. The devil has a smirk on his face, as if waiting for the final verdict, Checkmate!

The young man who stayed to study the painting was a world class player. When the tour group was two corridors away, they suddenly heard their stray member running down the marble hallway to catch up, shouting…“It's a lie! It's a lie!  The king has another move - another move!" When the devil is DONE, God is not FINISHED!  

~ The prophet, Micah, was feeling like he was in a check mated situation. The food was lousy. There were no good or upright men. The princes and the judges were taking bribes and the rich were having everything their way. The best of them were like thorns and briars. There was not a friend, guide, parent, sibling, in-law, or spouse that could be trusted. 

All in all, a really bad situation and then the writer said, “Therefore I will look unto the Lord…Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:1-8). When the devil has done his worst and your back is against the wall, wait and remember that the Lord does hear you. Your salvation will come!!! ~ JPS


11-19-2017 at 10:59 PM
Steve Walker
That’ll preach right there! Thanks Bro. Savala
09-13-2017 at 12:40 AM
Tom Montoya
I enjoy your inspirational writings, your tremendously anointed preaching, and your talented singing voice. Thank you pastor for your leadership
02-02-2016 at 8:20 AM
Dave Sandelin
Way to go, Joe!
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November 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

The Man In The Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

U.S. President (T.R.) Teddy Roosevelt


~ How easy it is to judge the motives and actions of others when we are not in the midst of the fight. Just as those who have never been involved in combat ‘know’ what they would have done under the circumstances. They are quick to judge the actions of men and women whose lives and the lives of others reside in a few split seconds of action. Or those who have never parented who ‘know’ what they would do with everybody’s children but their own.

So it is with those who do not serve the Lord Jesus, serve Him half-heartedly, or have not experienced life – these have emotional and text book answers but few have known the pressure that surviving life or holding the lives of others in your hands, and living for God often brings.

Give me someone who knows what it is like to be in the arena and not merely sitting ringside betting money on the outcome… (jps)

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” (Ecclesiastes 7:8)



12-01-2015 at 6:27 PM
Pastor John Boone
Great website!
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November 3, 2015, 10:38 AM

Working for Him

“…Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:21). The Lord Jesus is not fair in His distribution of talents, abilities, finances, etc. He is just! Because He is just, He knows what we are capable of doing in and for His Kingdom.

I can endeavor to be both good and faithful with whatever Jesus has entrusted me with – big or small, enjoyable or undesirable. I resolve to do all I can with what I have wherever I am for His glory and the joy of working for Him. - jps


Working for Him

“Father, where shall I work today?”

And my love flowed warm and free.

Then He pointed me out a tiny spot,

And He said, “Tend that one for me.”

I answered quickly, “Oh, no, not that.

Why, no one would ever see,

No matter how well my work was done.

Not that little place for me!”

And the word He spoke, it was not stern,

He answered tenderly,

“Ah, little one, search that heart of yours;

Are you working for them or me?

Nazareth was a little place,

And so was Galilee.”


(1948, Edman, R.V., The Disciplines of Life)

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