Forklift Theology

Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.

Just visiting.

It would  be rather uncommon for a driver to back his truck into a warehouse door and just sit there while the receiving crew unloaded. No. The driver really needs to come inside and help the receiver go through the freight and mark what is to actually come out and to note what is going to another stop. In the same such manner, when visiting a warehouse, it is good practice to abide by the rules of the company one is visiting.

In our gospel lesson on Sunday, Jesus was visit Mary and Martha. Martha was so preoccupied with taking care of business she had no time for Jesus. Mary on the hand, was more concerned with Jesus. Was Martha right with being concerned about making certain things were taken care of? Yes. However, she did so at the expense of neglecting her visitor. Companies can make the same mistake when drivers or warehouse employees come to work off site. Sometimes freight isn’t ready because of other priorities. Other times, it can be that the employees of the site being visited are rude and standoffish, making it difficult for the visiting crew to do their jobs efficiently.

Jesus rebuked Martha for asking him to force Mary to help, as that was not his responsibility. Mary was making time for her guest. Jesus commended her for that. In like manner, companies should not neglect their visitors. In like manner, when visiting the facility of another company, it would bode well to do all you can to assist the employees of that company who are working on your freight. Showing one another that they and their work is important will a go a long way towards getting the freight to move efficiently.

What if Jesus was that driver or that visiting employee who was there to do a job? How do you think he’d want you to treat him? How do you think you should treat him? Do that. Sometimes Jesus visits us in the form of others who are there to do a job. Show them courtesy and compassion. In like manner, so to be courteous and understanding when visiting another facility. It is not your job to force the employees to assist you. Just do what you are there for and trust that your needs will be met.


It has been aptly said and worth saying again “Be wary those whom visit you as you may find yourself entertaining angelic visitors in disguise”.


2 comments on “Just visiting.

  1. Don

    Generally speaking as a truck driver I’m not on the dock. Usually the game is you show up, go to the office, they give you a door number and tell you to wait in your truck. Usually it’s wait for the light to turn green or wait for someone to bring you your bills.

    Many companies ban drivers from their docks. Don’t want want them getting hurt or accidentally contaminating the product or for any number of other reasons.

    Most drivers in the North American context aren’t paid for “dock time” so they aren’t terribly motivated to go be free labor for the shipper or receiver.

    Also most trucking companies instruct their drivers not to volunteer to count or verify a shipment if the shipper or receiver doesn’t demand it (and usually you’re just taking the shipper at their word anyway since you have no idea what’s in the pallets). Over the road drivers will typically mark bills “SL&C” (ie Shipper Load and Count) above their signature unless specifically prohibited by the shipper.

    Just a little bit of insight from “in the trenches”.

    • mrchrisrose

      I understand. I do see that sometimes. However, because where I work we send our trailers via ship, we are insistent on verifying the orders as is reasonably possible. I know that not all companies are like that. The one I work for is. I can only write from that vantage point. Thank you though for the insight. I appreciate it.

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