At my family’s church in the Nashville area I serve on Sunday mornings in the children’s area and have been working with the third grade boys since the beginning of the school year.
This month we are talking about forgiveness and this morning in particular we were talking about how forgiving someone who has done something really bad can be especially difficult.
During our small group time I asked my group if anything had happened over the last week that was hard for them to forgive and one of my favorite kiddos raised his hand and said, “Well, my brother hit me in the testicles.”
After sitting in stunned silence (that was the last thing I expected to hear) and getting the other boys to quit laughing (it’s a guy thing – it’s always funny when it happens to someone else) I asked him how he handled the situation. He said that he was mad at first but realized it was not done on purpose and he got over it and forgave his brother.
Afterwards, it him me – a main key to finding a new job is to be able to be like that third-grader and put a low blow behind you and forgive those that put you in a situation that has caused you to look for work.
Maybe its a big company that laid you off because your employee number happened to be the lucky one that got pulled. Maybe its the economy’s fault – it caused your employer’s business to crumble. Maybe its a current coworker that makes your life at work unbearable.
Whatever the case is you need to find a way to start getting over ‘it’ and moving towards something new. People can detect an ounce of poison in your system a mile away and as long as that poison remains there you will not get hired, no matter how talented you are.
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!