Monday, August 25, 2008

Parochial assent...

that is what I made with God approximately nine months ago. At that time I was alone, depressed, miserable, bored, disgusted with myself and although making the most money I had ever made in my life I was empty. So I made an elementary commitment to begin to live a better life. That takes an immense amount of discipline.
Culture of Discipline
1. Disciplined people
2. Disciplined thought
3. Disciplined action
The combination of those three things will inevitably lead to Great Performance.


You have to do this in all aspects of life. Your relationships, your job, your family, friendships, etc. This can be a struggle. especially in this day and age where we all have become so "busy" that we have trouble finding the time to do the things we know we need to. This is where we begin to fail. We have become slaves to time. We are the only ones that control what we do, how we do it, and more importantly when we do it. For those believers...you may be saying "God controls it"...no...we control it. However, God will bless us if we do things as he wishes us to do. How about this:

Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.


That is exactly what I have been doing. I started a new job through a staffing agency at the beginning of July. The pay is low, I get screamed and cursed at most of the day, and there are some individuals there which seem to be on vacation rather than at work. With all of that going on I continued to do just as we were told in the aforementioned scripture. I went in doing the best that I could, day in and day out. I did not worry about anyone else and what they were doing (unless they asked for my assistance or advice). I started work on time, took my allowed breaks as given, and worked overtime on occasion to go above and beyond (and I did all of this joyfully). The entire time I have thanked God every morning for the job and for giving me strength, wisdom, and courage to be the best I can be from the beginning of my shift until the end. All of this resulted in my production being higher than anyone else within our department. Remember I am new and I am working with individuals, some of which have been there for several years now. Non-believers may be saying that it is coincidence. That is fine, I can not force you to believe. However, I can be the expert witness that I am and advise you that all of my hard work and faith have now paid off.

Here are a few facts: On average most individuals (of the few that last) work there for nine months to a year before being hired on as a permanent employee. After only four weeks I was notified that I had received a raise based on my performance. Not a huge raise, but a raise none-the-less. Last week (on Monday) I received a call from another department within the company calling me in response to my resume that I had posted online. It was for a permanent job within the company. Thursday I interviewed and today I got the call that I have in fact been offered the job (informally). They are drafting the offer letter and have to work out the details of buying out my contract with the staffing agency.

So now you tell me...

Was this just a result of my hard work and diligence or are God's fingerprints all over this scenario. I think you know where I stand.


P.S. - "You can accomplish anything in life, provided you do not mind who gets the credit." - Harry S. Truman
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