Spotlight on Guest Writers: Cubicle World – Richard Lewis
I lived in a Cubicle World and where I worked at Boeing there were a lot of boxes like you might see in a Dilbert cartoon.
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When you first come to work at Boeing, you may be assigned to share a cabin with another person. After a few years you could get your own personal cabin, which was the high state I evolved into after working at Boeing for 7 years out of a total of 17 years.
If you were to become a manager, you would have a 30% larger booth where you can hold meetings with 1 or 2 people without everyone bumping into each other.
Then, after a few more years, you might be rewarded with a cabin near a window so you can actually see the sunlight and not just be lit by flickering fluorescent tubes – half of which have been turned off to save money. electricity. And finally, if you stay there for 30 years and are a truly precious person, you may be able to leave the cabin world entirely and have your own office and the ultimate status symbol: a four-fold plastic rubber tree plant. feet in the corner!
Now I obviously don’t care about my job and sure enough these days we’re all so thankful if we have a job. We go to work and jump through all kinds of hoops to make our bosses look good. But on the other hand, God measures us to a different standard than our human employers and rewards us with a different reward than just a raise in pay and a nicer cabin.
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His standard is loyalty
Matthew 25:21 “His master answered: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of a lot of things. Come and share the happiness of your master! ‘”
His reward is eternal companionship
John 14: 2-3 “In my Father’s house there are many rooms; if it wasn’t so, I would have told you. I’m going there to prepare a place for you. And if I am going to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me so that you too will be where I am.
I am so happy that he did not go and prepare a cabin for us but rather a place that allows us to be in his presence forever …
Richard Lewis is a graduate of Arizona State University (advertising) and California Baptist University (computer information systems). Richard and his wife Sue met while they were on staff at Campus Crusade for Christ for 8 years in the 1970s. Richard served in campus ministry at the University of Texas at El Paso, Louisiana Tech and at international headquarters in San Bernardino, California.
After their ministry at Campus Crusade, Richard owned and operated a bicycle store in Riverside, California for 19 years. After a retraining in the IT field at California Baptist University, Richard worked as a subcontractor and employee of information systems at Boeing for 17 years. Richard has written over 150 articles published in information systems and computing publications, including Windows Magazine and Windows Scripting Solutions. Richard has played a leadership role as a deacon and elder in several churches, as well as a meditation presenter and coordinator of men’s ministry.
Richard wrote hundreds of meditations and devotions that were used in church and small group meetings. Many of them have been featured in The Upper Room and Racers For Christ publications and on their websites.
In 2021, Richard published a collection of his devotions. These are available in a Kindle and Paperback format on Amazon (ISBN 979-8705738878) “Life Stories to Uplift and Encourage”.
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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
In addition, he writes or has written for several other media outlets; including Riverside Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall / Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and the Law Enforcement News Network, and his reporting has aired on news channels in the Southern California and Northern State areas.
Trevor spent 10 years in the US Army as an orthopedic specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically removed after losing his leg, fracturing his back, and sustaining injuries. spinal cord and brain injuries in an industrial accident. (Click here to watch segment of Discovery Channel’s documentary about Trevor’s crash.)
During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Temecula Southwest Station, Hemet / Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station; with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Watercraft Based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Focused Police Team and personnel and background investigations. He ended his career working as a sex crimes and child sexual abuse investigator and was a court appointed expert on child abuse and child sex crimes.
Trevor has been married for over 30 years and has been the foster parent of over 60 children over the age of 13. He is now an adoptive parent and his “flowing family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.