Friday, 13 June 2008

Postscript or prescript to "My friend"

My friend had been trying to get the County to give her parttime or contract work but they were not willing to go there. She had decided that she was going to quit on Monday but got fired instead. With the firing she got a substantial severance package, that equates to a huge blessing for her. She got out of a job she didn't want to be in and is financially taken care of for a good period of time. I see that as a great work of God and the grace involved is incredible. I actually feel a bit jealous.

My friend

My friend got fired on Monday. I feel kind of relieved. She complained a lot about the job which she wasn't doing and how she couldn't get a handle on her life. Outside of work she's a good friend, at work she was really annoying. But I feel bad for feeling relieved.

I had some interesting discussion with her. She didn't like organized religion because she didn't like that the people in the didn't behave better or more appropriately to whatever standard she was using. I countered with "that's the problem with organized religion - it's full of people". I think that is a pretty lame excuse for not liking the church. Gee, it's full of people who aren't perfect, go figure.

The other day she walked into my office asking, "what's the meaning of life, what's our purpose" and then said "nobody really knows". I said I knew. She said what is it then. I said "you won't like my answer" but she wanted to hear it anyway. I tried to find a way to say our purpose is to bring glory to God in a way she would understand and actually express what I meant. I failed miserably. Her response was "well, I don't believe in that". I feel I failed God in an opportunity to express something that would impact her life. Thankfully, God is bigger than me and can make things work whether I was brilliant or not.