Devotion 14 – Lent 2015

The church is looking for an Office Manager. We have gotten many email responses with resumes. It is clear in the position description that the job involves competence in oral and written communication.

Several of the emails that we received had numerous punctuation and spelling errors. These were beyond just the random typo. The issues were glaring.

At the same time, our son is looking for a job. It can be a really discouraging process. Our son sends out emails and resumes. He goes to the employers and fills out applications. And from most of them, he doesn’t hear a word back. It gets disheartening and defeating. He has asked himself, “What am I doing wrong? How can I improve?” He is desperate for constructive feedback so that he can be more effective in his job search.

In light of this, I decided to respond to the people who sent problematic emails mentioning the issue in what I thought was a considerate, constructive manner. It won’t get the person this job but it might help the person get another job. I have only heard back from one of those people and it was a long, scathing tirade. Who did I think I was to comment on her writing? And it went on and on and on. It was extremely condemnatory. (And it clearly demonstrated that this is not the person for Office Manager at the church!)

When we try to do the right thing, it doesn’t always go smoothly. In fact, we may even create problems for ourselves. Trying to do what is good may make our lives more complicated. It may even cause damage to relationships that we highly value. And we may have no control over the outcome.

It can be tempting to just take the easy way out. Don’t bother engaging. Don’t worry about doing the right thing when no one will know anyway. Don’t make the effort to be responsible when you don’t know if you will get a pay off.

Think of how easy it would have been for Jesus to stay home and make tables and chairs.

Lectionary readings for today:

Genesis 22:1-19
Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45
Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19

Prayer: May we have the will to do what is right. To get involved. To invest in what is good and true. With faith and trust. Amen.

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