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The Fall Guy

I’ve recently learned how I’m the fall guy, the person that’s going to be cut due to circumstances beyond my control. It came without warning, just a short meeting to say how everyone is there to support me; however, in 30 days if the situation has turned around then I’ll be out the door.

The meeting wasn’t what I expected. I truly believed we were going to sit down, put our heads together to work through a plan to change what needs to change. Obviously that’s not what took place.

So now what, I say? I’m not a quitter, never have been, but reading between the lines I can see that without warning the wagons have circled and I’m without protection. Shame on me for going through life with blinders on.

I’ve been praying for guidance, for protection… especially for my family. Even though I started submitting applications for employment right away, it takes time to catch the eye of a potential new employer. With the loss of my income things will not go well.

Patiently I wait for God to give guidance in hopes for my family.

John 16:33: I have told you this so that through me you may have peace. In the world you’ll have trouble, but be courageous—I’ve overcome the world!

Heavy Heart

Today I woke to hear that once again innocent people have been harmed. Without warning while going about their daily routine, their lives changed forever. My heart is heavy for those that lost their lives, those that were injured, and the families and friends that are affected by others actions. Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder.

It’s difficult to wrap my thoughts around the why, the who and the how. There people in the world that spend time thinking of how to harm others, but why? To prove they can? Were these people bullied as children? Were their lives at home so miserable they carry a grudge against the world, against people they’ve never met? Who are these people? What are they about and why is their only goal in life to harm others?

Showing the world that you’re a bully and will act without compassion or lack of respect for life makes you tough?

Life is a gift, a gift from God. Our time on earth is precious, and we should not waste it pursuing trivial or petty things. He is a loving God and what we do does matter to Him. He gave His only Son for the lost, for sin, for us.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Why are they so difficult?

We all know that person, the one we find “difficult” in one way or another. Have you ever wondered why you’re the one that deals with that person? Whether they’re selfish, argumentative, condescending or just simply rude, somehow they know how to create chaos, and drama surrounds them. They drain a person, and their actions become tiring.

Why are we the one that deals with that person?  Is He asking us to handle something, is this an exercise to learn something, but what? It’s easy to respond, and not in a kind manner.

1 Peter 3:9: Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

The Threat…

Every day I hear it, it’s real, not just words thrown around. I’m never really sure if I should respond or listen. How does it happen that one person dares to subtly hint to others of the peril they face, and not because of their actions, but due to those by others?

It’s baffling and frustrating to hold on so tight as everything begins to fall apart. No safety net, no one will know about the threat – the person doing wrong will continue their ways.

Psalms 28:7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Don’t give in…

It’s difficult to not react, to not repay the wrong that is done to you, even when the attacks continue to come. For months I feel as if I’ve been in a battle, alone on the front facing many who believe that it’s their right to attack an innocent person as they cause harm to not only myself but so many others. Every day is a new battle, it’s tiring and it chips away at the strength it takes to champion and defend those that are innocent.

Prayer helps, it does; however, the battle continues. I’ve asked numerous times why I’m subject to this, what is it that I’ve done or what am I supposed to learn – I don’t have an answer, I only know that I’ve suffered, my family has suffered as well others. But, seeking revenge or even the thought of retaliation isn’t an option. I’ll grow through this as I must stay strong and move forward with good, not evil.

Romans 12:17-21: 17: If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

We all have a to-do list, whether it’s daily, weekly or monthly, we all know what needs taken care of in our lives. It’s easy to flow through your life making sure the daily chores are taken care of, bills paid, children off to where they need to be – it’s a routine.

The question I find myself asking is where are you going in your life?

Years ago, I found myself tasked with a variety of writing assignments that ranged from marketing campaigns, relationship management, and customer service enhancement, incident mitigation; executive messaging, scripting and speeches, public relations, research, product literature, web content, social media management as well as advertising, and proposals. It didn’t matter what the piece was; I was called upon to be the lead writer.

What was disheartening was that no one appreciated my ability to research, how I took time to understand the topic and how I could let the words gracefully flow resulting in works of art. Okay, not works of art, but amazing pieces that benefited my employer, and with the types of projects I was assigned, I knew what I was producing was top notch.

During my time of writing for everyone else I found that my love and enjoyment for writing would lead me down a different path, one that wasn’t going to be easy, one that I would put on hold time and time again, one that would take years to accomplish. It’s easy to go to work and know what you need to achieve for the day. It’s not difficult to go home at the end of the workday and take of care things there; however, it’s difficult to do something for yourself.

The day I began to pen my novel series, well, I didn’t realize what a long road it would be. I’m sure I’m not the only writer that gets excited when they have what they believe is a bomb of an idea for a story and can’t wait to let the thoughts in their head spill out for all to read. It’s a good feeling to know that once you’ve written, and rewritten, and tweaked, and started over, and stopped, and started again, and again, and again, that when you feel your work is finally ready for the next step someone will jump at the chance to represent your work – oh wait, now the tricky part begins, correct?!

It’s exciting to read about others who have made it, and they’re a published author! Typically their road was filled with bumps too. You can hear their joy as they proudly announce how they’ve signed with an agent and their book is one step closer for the world to read.

That’s motivation for those of us who dream of being the next Stephen King or J.K. Rowling — just knowing that one day too we will be there, that we will be an inspiration for others to not give up on their dream of being a number one selling author — inspiring someone else to write, inspiring someone to read!

2 Chronicles 15:7: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

THE STRUGGLES of MANY

All too often we’re caught up in our own lives, never really thinking of those around us. We’re quick to be too busy to talk, and we’re ready to judge. We tend to praise our accomplishments and judge when others don’t complement our hard work.

We’re all busy, correct? We’re all handling something in our life that causes extra stress or brings joy to our day; however, more often than not we put ourselves first.

For the last two months I’ve been busy, so busy with work, family, trying to stay ahead of housework, paying bills, holidays, rolling into a new year with school and work, coordinating everyone’s schedules, upcoming trips for school events, basketball, softball, baseball – oh my, have I forgotten anything???

In all of that chaos, I hadn’t noticed what was happening around me. My life is always fast-paced, and I’m very organized, so usually, I’m very aware of not only my life but those that I care about, whether their professional connections or my friends; however, I had fallen short.

It began mid-December, I was so inundated with work after several coworkers decided to take time off to be with their families during the holidays. For three weeks I was in early and out late, rarely taking time for lunch and thankful when my spouse or one of my coworkers would surprise me with something to eat. I found myself in the office on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to make sure that everyone that was working knew they were appreciated.

It was weeks before the dust began to settle – everyone had finally returned to work. I finally had time to reach out to people in my life that I hadn’t connected with for weeks. How my heart sank as I learned that an amazing person in my life had begun their fight against cancer, that two others were dealing with workplace bullying from their supervisors. I realized how disconnected I had been.

Not too long ago I read an interesting take on Wearing Hope. I wish I had a copy of this piece. It made me think. From what I can remember, it talked about Faith, Hope and Love being Spiritual Gifts, powerful but abstract. So how do we wear them?

I’m not going to do this piece justice, and the day I read this I thought to myself that I would never forget what I had read. I’ll try my best. We wear our faith and don it every day to live for Christ. Our hearts are wrapped in faith and knows God’s love. We’re safe from sin and blows inflicted by life, our trust is tested every day, betrayed by those we call friend, and at times even loved ones; however, we face these trials clothed in love and forgiveness, and we’re protected by hope as we focus on God’s salvation.

1 Corinthians 13:13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.