Friday, March 20, 2009
Similar Fates Similar Struggles
I have written in a couple of early posts (See entries at beginning of the life of this blog like may 22 2008) concerning my placement on my Sgt test and my reactions to it. In my self centered, egotistical approach to my life one of my constant mistakes is that I believe that everything that happens to me is unique. Well its not. Below is an e-mail sent to me by a brother in Christ that recently learned about his placement on his departments list. We eventually arrived at the same conclusion but unfortunately for me and fortunately for him, I certainly thrashed around A LOT more than he before settling down and trying to see things from God's prospective. Its is a credit to his mature walk with Christ and another wake up call about mine...
Note the team is our Pastoral Security Team...
Hey team! I just wanted to thank you for your prayers, supportive emails, and phone calls this week. I ended up dead in the middle of the eligibility list…#11. What that means is 10 supervisors would have to vacate their positions in the next three years for me to move up….probably not going to happen, but then again…..
Please no consolation emails (but sarcastic jeers are fine J), as I am perfectly content with it all and I know I did my best. The blessings in my life are abundant, and my focus in life is Jesus Christ, my family, you all, and the career I am so fortunate to have. God gave me some clarity to this, this morning…before I even knew the results. There’s really only one eligibility list that matters when it’s all said and done, and numerical rank does not exist…I’ll take that promotion any day!!
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.