Reflect the Goodness of God

By: Will DeSanto

John 17:16-19

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.


I surely did not feel sanctified to deal with the disappointment I had just experienced. An opening for a managerial position had opened up in my department. It seemed to be a good fit for me. One of the major responsibilities of this position was supervising 43 union employees whom I already knew. I checked in with the Director, indicating that I would apply for the position. He was encouraging.

After one week, no response. Then I heard that several people had been interviewed for the position and that one was given an offer. I was very disappointed, especially after having been encouraged to apply.

I wanted to go to the Director to tell him of my disappointment in how this was handled. I talked it over with my brothers in Christ and prayed about it. I felt disgusted with how our company handled this. However, I decided to let it go, say nothing, and trust that this position was not right for me.

Even through my disappointment and emptiness in not being accepted, I knew I could trust the Lord. I was again aware of God's presence in the joys and disappointments surrounding me in my workplace. I recognize now the profound opportunity I have to reach out in kindness to those who are not considerate of me and reflect the goodness of God to them.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: How do I handle disappointment in the workplace? How could I handle them better?