In the early years of my career… some 70 years ago, I ran afoul on a regular basis. It actually started in grammar school….junior high, and absolutely… in high-school. I was one of “those trouble makers” that the NUNs couldn’t handle… they said. Someone was ALWAYS trying to “do me in.” Today, they call it stabbing one in the back.
Career wise… I was younger than most of my peers, and all around me had completed their education…and more. I, on the other hand, had little to none. I married at 19, started college at 20, and guess what…eleven years and three children later…graduated…minus cum lade. The problem was, though, I usually had the supervisory role; and the reason being; I customarily worked circles around the rest of them, and was duly recognized for it.
That did not, however, keep them (management included) from undercutting me, often…too often…as I remember. While I no-longer have to deal with banking issues…I consider the banking system to be the second “biggest back stabbers,” and likely “one of the biggest” adversities one can encounter today. But the winner take all…is “ALL-LEVELS-of-GOVERNMENT, especially the CITY and Federal.
The point of all of this gibberish is that I endured… ADVERSITY… throughout most of my career, and not only SURVIVED it all, but became a better employee; and better husband; and a better servant. In fact, I learned to thrive on adversity; eventually learning to use it to my advantage, and PROVING that one must pay their just dues to achieve their goals. Let me assure you… if I can thrive on adversity….anyone can. But remember this: You have to have an “attitude” to do it, and thrive on it….and I’m full of “it.”
All of this, though, is to prepare us for the “biggest career” opportunity of our lives….eternity with Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are “best reminded” in… Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Pain, suffering… and adversity is an “extension of the God-like-Image” that He gifted us with when He created us. …Blessings…cjlb…5/22/16.