Tag Archives: Wisdom

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.

 

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Unanswered prayers…

Every day, it’s the same, seeking something that seems to be out of reach… financial stability, health, career, relationships. Why do these escape my grasp? Why isn’t everything in order, just as I need them to be? Or is it these will be in order when He feels the time is right?

It seems crazy, doesn’t it? Life should be simple, a job that pays the bills with something left over to put into your savings, a career where the possibilities are endless, a relationship that grows each day, and never a worry about your health faltering. Sounds like the perfect life, one that most wish for but never find as all of the pieces never quite fall into place.

My favorite Christian author has written about unanswered prayers, hitting the nail on the head, so to speak, with her words. All too often we forget that there is someone to help, not always in the way we think, but how He sees us needing His help when the time is right. She points out that no matter how rough it gets, by singing God praises we will receive His blessings.

I had to process those words and apply them to my life…

Years ago I worked for a Fortune 500 company. I really enjoyed going to work every day, I did well. My position, my salary, and benefits were good, and I was excited about the projects I was assigned. Things were good, each month there was always money left over, I worked well with everyone, my career was on the right path; however, I was naïve and without warning I found my amazing career spiraling out of control. It seemed as if every corner I turned the path was blocked, and I struggled as doors began to close. I was distraught and couldn’t understand what had happened, who had I wronged?

Finally a friend pulled me aside and let me know that they couldn’t stay quiet any longer, that I didn’t deserve being treated so poorly. My friend shared the story of how I hadn’t done anything wrong to warrant my downfall, that a small group of coworkers, two women, three men and a spouse of one of the women had formulated a plan months ago to force me out of the company; they wanted me gone.

I was devastated; I had no idea that these people despised me so much that they were willing to ruin my career and financial well-being. It was difficult for me to grasp how people that I worked with each day could be so cruel to sabotage my life right in front of my eyes because I was being recognized for my work that contributed greatly to the success of the company. It was then I found myself praying, and praying, and praying. I needed help. I needed His strength. Each day I went to work with a smile on my face, acting as if nothing had changed. Each day I prayed that He would end the attacks. Each day I prayed that He would help me understand how I had wronged my coworkers in hopes that I could make amends.

Then the day came, the day I had prayed for. I had no expectations about His solution, I just knew He would take care of me, and He did. Without warning an executive in another division proposed how the value of my talents would benefit their area of the company. As I held back tears, I eagerly agreed to the transfer. I knew my prayers had been answered.

Work went well after my transfer. His generosity was humbling. Once again I enjoyed my work and was able to keep my distance from those that were not beyond harming others. As the months passed, stories reached my ears about the group that had caused me so much pain, they had turned on each other; I wasn’t surprised. Even though I only stayed with the company for a few more years I thanked Him every day for His strength and wisdom.

Matthew 21:22: And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

 

Always Brightens My Day

Each day I look forward to a visit from a very dear friend… someone who always brightens my day with his smile and a story that he shares. My dear friend has lived a life that I will never truly understand. At a young age he served our country, has worked hard his entire life, he’s an honest man, and he’s thankful for all of God’s blessings.

Today my friend greeted me with his cheerful hello and asked if I was working hard, followed by a chuckle. My laugh preceded my daily answer of ‘don’t I always?’ This makes him laugh more as he steps into my office. I stop what I’m doing to spend some time with him. I never know what he’s going to share with me, it doesn’t matter; I’m always excited to hear what he has to say.

He asks if I have ever been to Belgium. I haven’t and inquire about his time there. As I listen, I try to picture him as a young soldier during World War II as he traveled to a foreign land to serve his country. Unfortunately for me, the only visual I can put together doesn’t truly depict what he experienced. I can see in his eyes that his memories are clear and he talks as if he was still there. He’s gracious enough to only share the good with me. On occasion he’ll talk about someone he served with and share a story or two about their time together.

Even though his visits are brief, I cherish each one as I thank God for bringing this amazing man into my life.

John 15:13 Great love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.