I was let go from my job today. I was working in retail. The company decided to make the decision on whom to keep based on one metric—opening store credit accounts. New hires had 12 weeks to open 12. In that time I opened 9, that’s 3 short. I opened those 3 this week, but it was after the deadline. The rest of the things they expected, attendance, sales, teamwork, customer service, learning the register and reservation systems, didn’t matter if you didn’t open 12 instant credit accounts.
The store manager said he tried to let me stay on, but corporate HR wouldn’t budge. Apparently they were concerned that if they let me stay they would have to let other associates (who were steadily improving but just not quickly enough darn it) stay. Somewhere, Catbert is laughing, or purring, or coughing up a hairball.
My friends at work understand that this decision is short-sighted to say the least. Two managers said they would be glad to give me references. The store manager offered to let me finish out the week, but for some reason I just wasn’t so eager to help out anymore. (Maybe that’s my bad?) The last customer I spoke to on the phone said she had never had anyone so helpful in all her years of shopping at the store. She plans to let them know that. Even so, I don’t expect they’ll let me march in their annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City! (Oops! Did I give the company away?)
I would appreciate your prayers. I’m not the best at bouncing back form such things. Today, August 10th, is the feast of St. Lawrence, a 3rd century deacon and martyr. Hmm, OK, that’s a challenge! When I was reading the Liturgy of the Hours for tonight a couple of pages stuck together and I found myself reading the passage for Saturday morning, Philippians 3:7-10. It was a God-thing.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.