Blogging felt so good the other night that I decided to go for it again today. This time I’m gonna give some details concerning point 1 from my last blog post – a ‘deeper look’, if you will (for those of you who didn’t get to read it or need a refresher, you can find it here).
As I explained there, I started working at Trader Joe’s about a month ago, and the Lord has been working in my heart a few things. So, I figured I’d share some of what that encompasses with y’all. :)
First things first – I stinking LOVE my job! I just have to saythat the leadership and timing of The Lord is SO perfect! Since I moved to Kansas City about two years ago, I said to myself that if I ever got a job out here, I’d want it to be at Trader Joe’s. The reason for this is because I absolutely love shopping there, it’s a clean and fun working environment, and I love food. What more could you ask for? Not to mention the fact that I had a few friends who worked there and said it was a phenomenal place to work. Well, for the past couple years there have been maybe three or four times that I planned on getting a job and looked into filling out an application to work at TJ’s. Each time, however, as I moved forward in that plan, I just didn’t have peace about it and knew it was the Lord telling me it wasn’t time yet. So I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Until this May, that is. As the spring semester came to a close, I finally felt that it was time to apply. So I applied. And waited. And waited some more. I eagerly inquired about my application’s status hoping that the old saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” would prove itself to be true for me in this scenario. Well, it did! I went in for an interview that week and the next day they called and told me they wanted to hire me! But that’s not all… They said they would pay me $2 more than I had been asking the Lord for! He is so amazing. The way He cares for His children leaves me standing in awe every time. :)
As I started working, one of the biggest things that I was dialoguing with the Lord about was my desire that He would be seen in my life in everything that I do and say. Now obviously I pray that all the time anyway, but it became an even stronger desire now that I knew that I would be interacting with others who do not know Him on a daily basis. I prayed for grace to love well, work hard, and be joyful no matter the circumstance, radiating the love and joy of Christ. I prayed that as a result of those things I would stand out, that people would notice something different about me (Remember my blog post this past spring about Daniel 6? I encourage you to read it if you’d like even more insight into my heart on this matter.) I prayed that through this He would open doors for me to talk about Him with my coworkers. And I’m still praying these prayers every day.
These past few weeks Jesus has taught me how to love in a whole new way. As I ask Him for His heart for my coworkers, He’s giving it to me. No longer do I get offended by their occasional harshness, complaining, vulgarity, etc. Instead my heart aches, and I am moved to intercede for the inbreaking of the love of Jesus into their pained, wounded hearts. It’s absolutely beautiful.
On top of that, I’ve gotten some of the most rewarding feedback ever. Remember how I said before that I’ve been asking the Lord that I would stand out and people would notice me for my character and attitude? Well about two weeks ago, one of my coworkers who was training me told me that she had heard lots of good things about me. But more specifically, she looked me in the eyes and said, “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it because people are noticing.” What?! The exact phrase that I was praying is what she said to me! And since then, multiple others have stated how I stand out amongst others who have been recently hired. How awesome is that?!
As I wrap this puppy up, I’d like to ask you to keep me in your prayers. Join with me in asking for increased grace to love well, serve my coworkers, work hard, and be joyful in everything I do without complaining. And also that the Lord would open up doors for me to talk about Him with my coworkers. And I also encourage you to pray these prayers for yourself. Whether you work in the marketplace or not, everywhere we go and everything we do is a reflection of someone – is it of us (our flesh) or of Jesus? That is the question I will leave you with today.