Monday, July 6, 2009

Lowering My Limbo Bar



I just listened to a sermon by Pastor Paul Shepherd that was right on time. (Doesn’t that always happen…you listen to a sermon and feel like the pastor is speaking directly to you.) This sermon was talking about “staying low” and being humble. Don’t get all full of yourself and your accomplishments. Well, recently I let my limbo bar get a little high. I have been unemployed for several months and I finally got a call for an interview. But my good fortune didn’t stop there, one day later I got another call for an interview. So now as I was preparing for these two interviews, my head was getting bigger and bigger. Whhhhhaaaaaattttt!!!! You couldn’t tell me nothing. I was telling my mom and my manfriend and anyone who would listen that yeah, my track record for interviewing and getting the job is outstanding. I started recounting the ONLY time I went on an interview and didn’t get the job was 13 years ago and that’s when I was fresh out of college. I even started asking them what should I do if I get offered my second choice job before my first choice offers me the job. You couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t about to get a job. Well, God has a way of helping our heads get a little bit smaller when they get too big. So I go on the two interviews a little cocky, really feeling like I am the best thing since sliced bread and why wouldn’t they want me at their school. So at the end of each interview, I’m a little stunned, huh???? Where’s the job offer? Oh, I rationalized they don’t want to seem too eager so they will call me tonight. Well, as you probably guessed, I didn’t get a call that night. In the meantime, I’m all telling my folks that I don’t even want this one job but hey beggars can’t be choosy so if they offer me the job, I’ll just have to suck it up and take it. Well that place did call me the following morning and guess what??? They promptly let me know that they had chosen someone else and wished me luck on my job search. After I picked my jaw and pride off the floor, I thought that’s okay…I didn’t really want to work there anyway. Well, it’s been five days since my interview and I still haven’t heard from the other job. It’s safe to say that since the job would start in less than a week, I don’t think they chose me for the job. These past few days have had a sobering effect. I was actually feeling a bit down and depressed thinking what if I can’t get a job. But, Oh then God sent His angels by way of a sermon and I quickly realized why I didn’t get either job. I so wasn’t staying low and being humble. Instead I was acting like it was my doing and actions that would get me the job. I wouldn’t have given God the glory because I would have thought it was all because of me. Well, as I remain unemployed with no job prospects in sight, I realize that my source is not me, it’s God. So I’m letting go and letting God. I know that all things work according to His purpose and that the interviews were sent to teach me a lesson about humility. I pray that the next time I’m preparing for an interview, I will turn to God and ask for His Guidance and acknowledge His Presence in all things. So where in your life do you need to lower your limbo bar?

5 comments:

Still Marching To Her Own Beat said...

God will lead you to the right job in time. I went through a similar experience after a layoff last year. Can you say test and trials??? It has not only made me a stronger and increased my faith, but as you said, it made me extremely humble. I took a job and I did not realize why God was placing me there. I've been working there for almost a year, and I have been reaping benefits and opportunities.

I am so happy that I saw your blog because it also falls in line with a sermon from my bishop on Sunday. Your post made me sit back and reflect on the things that I still need to change. It's time to lower that bar...

Marcia said...

Girl, God will do that to you! I think we all need a little reality check sometimes, so that we know we are not in charge. I had to have my bar lowered when I first moved here. It hurts a little but it humbles you a lot. You know that God had a plan for you and you just have to let Him guide you in your search. During the time you have been without a job, you have managed to continue to eat, live, and pay your bills. All due to you faith in the Lord. He will make due when there seems to be no way. God is good!

from the desk of ....me said...

still marching...thank you so much for the words of encouragement..it is always comforting to know someone else has been there and done that...glad to know that your current job is bringing some many blessings...thanks for signing up to follow my blog!!!!

FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

Well.. maybe it's for the best that you didn't get the job

Maybe there's a better one coming along and if you just wait, you'll be able to snag that job instead of being tied down to a job you don't want

Hang in there!

Wenbren Explains It All said...

you know that's why I like to read blogs and others opinions and lessons. I have been cooky and self righteous before and you are right God always has a way to let you know you're over doing it! Hope you get the job of your dreams and keep searching because obviously God didn't want you to work those and something much better is awaiting for you! Oh BTW I am doing the scrapbooking, it's fun!