yep. (Can you hear Donald Trump's voice from the Apprentice???)
Canned. Axed. Let go. Expelled. Sacked. Released. Laid off. Replaced.
I got fired two weeks ago. Sounds horrible. Feels horrible.
This is not my first rodeo. I know that ultimately I will look back and this will be THE BEST THING EVER to happen to me, but it takes a while to work through the muck.
Feels about as horrible as the headlines.
Trump. Hillary. Baton Rouge. Dallas. Turkey. Nice. Orlando. I could go on and on and on. . .
The world is spinning out of control. Like CRAZYTOWN spinning.
As of two weeks ago, my life, my world is now spinning. Yes, I got fired. (No, I'm not the only one who's ever been let go.) But, the ramifications of this particular firing run deep and wide. It's going to be a MAJOR change for me and my family. I'm currently a little preoccupied with it. Yet, I glance at the headlines on my phone early in the morning and I'm humbled--it pales in comparison to what other people are dealing with.
The thing that ties all these events--these people (including me)--together is this: they BELIEVED they were right. They BELIEVED that were doing the right thing. They believed killing people would solve the problem. They believed using brute force to achieve a desired outcome was the best choice. They believed lying, cheating, covering up, speaking without a filter was the best way to go. The person who fired me thought it was the best course of action.
Unfortunately, what they believed was a lie.
When we believe lies, what we believe is wrong. And wrong is wrong.
That's a very unpopular notion in the world today. "Don't tell me I'm wrong!" "You can't tell me what to do!" "I know what I'm doing" "I can handle this!" No one wants to be wrong. No one wants to be held accountable for being wrong, thinking wrong, acting wrong or believing wrong.
What I know is this: Jesus is the truth.
HE IS IT.
Everything else is wrong--because everything else is built on a lie.
Don't agree with me? Don't believe me? That's fine. I completely respect that.
LISTEN: I'm a sinner. I get it wrong OFTEN. Let's just say I'm a professional.
But, when I get it wrong, I hightail it to the ONE who is right, and that's God. Yep, the Good Lord Jesus Christ. I go to him and confess that I messed up. I ask Him to forgive me and ask His help to repent and make what I've done wrong right again. Because, all that matters to me is to be right with HIM. (And, my family and friends, of course--but it begins with HIM.)
I got fired because I told the truth. I knew it in my heart and I acted on it.
I will never be ashamed of that.
It came out of genuine love for the people and the organization I loved to be better.
I'm sorry there are several people out there acting out of hate and anger instead of love. People saying awful things and doing awful things because of their pride and need to be in control and have the power.
Again, don't agree with me?
Well, all I can say is: If you have any desire to find the truth--no app on your phone, no degree, no paycheck, no person on earth will be able to give you what you're searching for.
You're going to have to get alone and get real quiet and maybe crack open that dusty Bible and get toe to toe with God and say, "Lord, I wanna know. Show me."
Another synonym for FIRED is FREED.
I am free indeed.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.