Thursday, September 25, 2008

Character Issues

If I didn’t have them before, I believe I have them, now! "Character issues" - this was the reason I was given for my employment application being rejected during the background investigation process for a job I really wanted.

At first, this assessment shocked me. I have always believed that I possessed impeccable character! I believed this so deeply that this step in the hiring process didn’t cause me the least bit of concern.

Then I received their rejection and doubt set in. Did someone say something negative about me? Who could it have been? Did I do something that I neglected to disclose to my investigator? Did I NOT do something that I should have done?

Hurt mixed with anger appeared next. It didn’t help that “friends” tried to point fingers at everything and everyone in my life but me (and themselves, of course). I’ve learned that these people are not my true friends. They are like Job’s companions who didn’t glorify God because they advised him to curse the Heavenly Father and die. Take my advice and run as far and as fast as you can from these types of people. And as you are running, pray as hard as you can for them.

My healing began with true friends who expressed sympathy and made helpful and encouraging suggestions for securing employment elsewhere. I pray you know lots of these types of people. Those who will hug you and let you cry and they don’t need to say a word. Or even those who try to cheer you up and make you laugh because it hurts them to see you sad.

Not quite a week later, I can look in the mirror and admit that I DO have character issues! WE ALL DO! That is why Jesus died!!! If I had impeccable character as I arrogantly believed a week ago, I wouldn’t need a Savior! But I do. So do you. Have you asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life? What are you waiting for?

If you’ve decided to follow Christ, pray with me:

Jesus, I come to You today because I’m a sinner in need of a Savior. I admit that I do not have impeccable character and I need You to lead me in life. I know that You died for my sins, and I thank You. I also know that You rose from the dead and You have conquered death so I can live with You forever in heaven. Please come into my heart right now, and be the Lord of my life. In Your mighty name. Amen.

If you’ve just prayed, please contact a Christian friend or Pastor (or even me if you don’t have someone else) so that you can begin developing a wonderful relationship with Jesus.

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