Somewhere in the Bible there is something written that states "your sins shall find you out". Now I know that I may have butchered this up somewhat and I also know that it wouldn't take two minutes to look the scripture up, but then I wouldn't have been able to fill up this paragraph with words. The truth of the matter is that I have started this story without the foggiest idea of where I'm headed. I kind of know what I would like to say, but I'm just not sure if it will come out all right so I'm just buying time for my mind to catch up with my typing fingers. (Scary thought huh!)
I know a lot of people who have gone on vacation or out of town and they forget to act like decent human beings and they get into trouble. They think if they go to Vegas that everything stays in Vegas, but you can rest assured if you happen to bump into your next door neighbor then everything you did in Vegas will get home before you do! Now somebody is already wondering how in the world Clifford is going to tie Vegas and The Bible into one story…well, I'm not..but kind of.
My wife and I went out of town during the Fourth of July many years ago. We are celebrating 29 years in business and to the best of my recollection we have never, ever closed the doors of our operation during a normal business day for a vacation. We have always kept the doors open with employees on staff. The problem with this however, is as a business owner you always worry about your staff back home and have to continuously mix business and pleasure. We decided this time to "shut 'er down" and we did! We closed the doors at 5 p.m. on July 3rd and were gone until the following Monday morning. We sent everybody home for time off.
We went to Colorado Springs, Colo. Nothing special. Just wanted to get away and see the mountains and smell the mountain air. We had a very, very nice trip and came back very happy and relaxed.
As I was sitting in a local IHOP on Saturday morning, we had commented to the waitress that we were from Texas. Actually my wife had made a comment, formally reserved for Yankees, which lead to the Texas issue. My wife was looking for something on the menu and she said "we're not from here and down in Texas our menus are different". I laughed inside at her comment as my thoughts told me the waitress probably could care less how things are done in Texas. That kind of talk used to gripe the snot out of me back in the day, when northern folk were moving into Texas trying to tell us how things were done up north! Who cares! But anyhow, the waitress took it well and as we were leaving she said "you guy's have a good trip back to Texas"
As she turned to walk away a man next to us kept turning around and looking at me. After about three times he finally got up his nerve and spoke up and said "what part of Texas are ya'll from?" I smiled and I said "well, we come from the south part of Texas, north of Houston. I actually live in a community called Hufsmith but we are near a place called Tomball." "Tomball", he said. "I know it well!" "You do", I exclaimed. "Yep, I live in Lubbock and I work for BJ Services. I have been to your town many times!"
So there you go. How did I tie all of this together, well, The Bible says your sins will find you out. An incident in a very far away place reminds me that somebody always knows somebody else and everybody is always watching you. Whether it be God or Man, Human or maybe an Angel, but our sins will always find us out. We all better behave. We are being watched.