When the cat's away mice play...

    09.06.19 | by Eric Segool

    A friend of mine owns a successful restaurant and it can be difficult to even find a place to park. Eat in or take out, the sheer volume of food this place puts out is impressive. I respect and admire my buddy — he started working in the restaurant business in high school, learned the business, and opened his own eatery by his late 20s. During those early years, he put in an amazing amount of the hours.
     
    As the business grew, he hired more and more employees, which is likely where the problems started…
     
    A while back, I placed an order for takeout. To my shock, the food was dreadful. We tried to rescue some of it, but the result was a full garbage can. Ironically, I ran into my buddy, the owner, at the grocery store the next day.
     
    We caught up on life, our wives, and kids. I didn’t know if I should mention my takeout experience, but we’ve always had an honest and straight-forward relationship, so I proceeded with caution.
     
    My friend’s face turned red with a mix of embarrassment and anger. His response sticks with me: “When the cat’s away, the mice play. When I am there, I inspect every dish and every takeout to make sure it meets the standard. If I am gone, standards begin to slip.” 
     
    This Sunday, we’ll begin our study of the book of Galatians. Scholars contend that this book was one of the earliest writings of the New Testament. Paul writes to the leaders of the churches in Galatia (Modern Day Turkey), which he founded. Similar to my friend, when Paul was away, the standards he taught and worked so hard to set began slipping away. As a result, Galatians is filled with encouragement and warnings that all churches should heed. Read chapter one and let’s see what this wonderful book has for us. 
     
    As for my buddy, he got rid of the “mice” and hired employees that would uphold his strict standards. If you ever stop by, I recommend the ciabattas…delicious!

    “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever Amen.”    Galatians 1: 3 – 5