Feet on the ground (and on the roof) in Kansas City

roof covering inspection

After 7 years of inspecting homes in central Virginia I have made the move to Leawood, KS and I’m so excited to ply my trade here in the heartland. Few of us, if we are honest, really enjoy our jobs. So the question must be asked, “Why don’t we love the thing we will spend most of our lives doing?” Most of us have a friend or family member with that dream job. Right? Their life and career just seems so fulfilling, or exciting. Well, I don’t hop on private jets or yachts or get driven around from place to place but I do have an exciting and fulfilling job. I don’t have a 6 figure income but I sure do live like a king! Inspecting houses gives me the opportunity to be challenged both physically and mentally; it causes me to do a lot of driving which gives me a great understanding of my whereabouts; I get to meet people from all different walks of life and often I get to be a sort of ambassador to my city when people relocate here. Inspecting gives me a different perspective (see photo above) — perspective is a little elevated at 80 – 100 feet. I come from a family of artists who can wield with precision a paintbrush, a pen, pencil or stylus, or envision the full scope of a structure and then form a 3D rendering out of whatever scrap cardboard, glue and tape happens to be available. I like to think I unselfishly surrendered my allotment of these gifts at birth for the betterment of my chosen family members. HA! Well … anyway, my job gives me the opportunity to hone my craft in the service field. I can’t create an exquisite piece of art but I can rather quickly unlock the mysteries of a house and help a potential buyer deal with the weight of such a large financial undertaking. I try my hardest not to make my clients feel one way or the other but when I present the facts of my findings feelings always arise. Feeling overwhelmed about the scope of needed repairs can be a good thing if the agreed upon purchase price was set too high. On the other hand, confirming that a homebuyer has made a wise investment on a sound house gives good vibes all the way around. But what I appreciate most about the day-to-day of being a home inspector is how it always brings me to my knees. I’m not going to lie and say I pray to God before each and every inspection. I’m not even going to exaggerate and say I pray often. But working a job where the stakes are so high is a constant reminder that I need help. There are perils in this career: climbing a 30 foot ladder to get on and off a roof multiple times a day or belly-crawling through a 100 year-old crawlspace are just a few. I need the Lord’s protection daily to stay healthy and safe in order to provide for my family and continue this work. He provides time and time again and when I recognize it my spirits are lifted. When my spirits are lifted I can’t help but thank Him and out of this thankfulness I perform my job to the best of my abilities. It becomes a joy to help my clients through the process and many times I find myself interceding for them, for their families, for their futures. Perhaps you can see some similarities in your job or day-to-day life? Now perhaps its not the job that provides the excitement and fulfillment but maybe the sense of excitement and fulfillment is a byproduct of what’s within us? Years after meeting Jesus, Saul of Tarsus left us these words to consider, “I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am” (Philippians 4:11-13 MSG).