Dirty Jobs

Episode Theme

Servant-Working: Somebody’s got to do it!

Memory Verse

Proverbs 16:18 (MSG)

First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.


Before listening, think about:


1. Proverbs 16:18 says, “First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.”

What does this verse mean? Give an example (real or imaginary) of a story where a proud person was humbled by a mistake that they made.


2. In the Bible, King Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful man. Because of his power, he became arrogant and full of pride. It took losing everything for Nebuchadnezzar to find humility and learn that true power belongs to God. (You can read Nebuchadnezzar’s story in Daniel 4). Think about King Nebuchadnezzar as you listen to today’s program.


Now, listen to “Dirty Jobs.”


Story Summary

Chance Calhoun and the Rodeo are in town! Liz wonders what it takes to be a true cowboy. Is it all glory or might he have to get a little dirty?

Story Quiz

1. How long did Liz ride the mechanical bull?

2. According to Chance Calhoun, what type of horse is a rodeo favorite?

3. What job did Chance do that Liz thought was gross?

4. How did Liz end up on top of the rodeo bull, Reality Check?

5. Why did the bulls have strange names like Tough Teacher and Reality Check?


The theme of the Dirty Jobs’ episode is that everyone has to step up and serve, even if the job is tough or dirty! Matthew 20:28 says we are to be servants “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Jesus was the ultimate servant and we are all called to follow his example.


Want to dig deeper and learn more about being a servant worker? Read Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 10:42 and 1 Peter 4:10.


Here’s a challenge for each family member:

What are some jobs around the house or at school that must get done, but that people don’t volunteer to do? Perhaps it is taking out garbage, wiping tables or doing garden work.


Volunteer to do one of these dirty jobs at home or at school. Take your turn willingly and do not grumble.


Here’s a family challenge. Choose one or more:

     1. Together, serve your local community:

  • Regularly visit a “grand-friend” at a nursing home, assisted living facility, or in the neighborhood. Help your friend learn how to use email or Facebook to communicate with her or his family.
  • As a family or with a dance class, choir or martial arts school, develop a show to present at a nearby library, day care, nursing home or community center. It might be a puppet show, play, demonstration or craft project.

.     2. Together, serve your neighborhood:

  • Walk dogs, collect mail, shovel snow, or rake leaves for someone in your neighborhood who needs the help.
  • Greet your neighbors with a small gift such as a houseplant or plate of cookies.
  • Offer popsicles or cold drinks to your garbage truck workers

Answers to Story Quiz

1. He rode it for twenty seconds. 2. Quarter horses are rodeo favorites. 3. Chance was cleaning the stables by shoveling the stable muck. 4. Liz wanted to sit with the real cowboys, but they didn’t give him any room.  5. The bulls are named Tough Teacher and Reality Check because the cowboys want to be reminded to keep humble. As Chance says, “Whenever I think that I am some great cowboy or something, he shows me that I ain’t no better than the rest.”

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