EMBRACING THE ROUGHNECK LIFESTYLE

ON THE NINTH DAY

And on the 9th day, God looked down at his planned paradise and said “I need energy to make this world run.” So God Made a Roughneck.

God said, “I need somebody to develop the raw energy that powers our homes, fuels our cars, and heats our homes. I need somebody to work outside, in all kinds of weather – snow, sleet, scorching hot weather for 12 hour shifts on a 14 day hitch. I need someone with fortitude – someone who isn’t afraid of the unknown, who can take on challenges and fix problems.” So God made a roughneck.

God said, “I need somebody who will sacrifice. I need someone who will separate himself from the comforts of his own home, not to abandon his responsibilities but to fulfill and exceed them – to provide his family with a future that is bigger and brighter than his own.” So God made a roughneck.

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“I need somebody with arms strong enough to lift steel and power machinery, but eyes watchful enough to prevent accidents and protect the safety of his crew. I need somebody who doesn’t quit – who doesn’t cut corners and puts safety ahead of everything. Someone to pump mud, trip pipes, and come back – not to his warm home and home-cooked meal, but to a bunk house, just to wake up the next day and do it all over again.

“I need somebody who will trade glamour for danger. I need somebody to travel thousands of miles from home – onto dusty, frigid plains and deep waters out on the open sea. I need somebody who can do the hard, dirty, perilous work that comes with unleashing the energy buried deep in the earth.” So God made a roughneck.

“I need somebody who can bring up energy from the bottom of the earth and then look up at the stars in quiet awe, realizing with solemn gratitude the great blessings we’ve been given in our land.

“Somebody who, after two weeks away from home, doing intense work that stretched him to his physical and mental limit, can still be patient, kind, and loving with his wife and family. I need somebody to pick up his son at school and encourage him to do his homework before baseball practice. Someone who will tell his daughter, “Yes, you too can make a difference in this industry.” So God made a roughneck.

God said, “I need somebody who understands the dignity of work—work that isn’t pleasant or easy, but is rewarding. I need somebody to keep our economy growing, keep our country safe, and give people the power to run their own lives—to deliver the energy that fuels the American lifestyle.” So God made a roughneck.