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You Gotta Have a Plan. Then What? — job interview, part 5

“You gotta have a plan.  Then make it happen,” said the Restaurant Manager to the Prospective Employee.

Sounded like a United Methodist to me.  A plan is good, but action is better.

The New Testament, in James 2:18, says, Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

Take a quick inventory of yourself, your faith and your actions over this past week…yesterday…this past hour…can you honestly say, I will show you my faith by my deeds?

Cite some examples.

And be thankful for the faith that got you going and kept you focused.

 

Not Just Your Work — job interview, part 4

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years, in 5 years?  You gotta have a plan.  Have a plan for your life, and for your restaurant.”

The Restaurant Manager was interviewing a Prospective Employee, explaining the chain’s incentive program.  Essentially, the company hired from within and every employee was encouraged to become a manager, even to open a new restaurant within the expanding chain.

What caught my attention was the inclusion of having “a plan for your life.”

The familiar Old Testament promise, “I  know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” (Jeremiah 29:11), is an invitation to see our futures laden with glowing opportunities.

What’s your “plan for your life?”  Not just for your work, but “for your life?”

Keeping you in my prayers more than ever this week as we think together about these things.  I’d appreciate yours as well.

Just Like You: job interview, part 3

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years, in 5 years?” asked the Restaurant Manager to the Prospective Employee.

I’m keeping this especially brief today, so that you can answer.

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years, in 5 years?” is a question that’s packed with potential.  Just like you.

So take a moment here to give some serious thought to that question and your answers.

Take time to either put pen to paper or key in some words on this device, but take time to address your future.

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years, in 5 years?”

Ready?  Go.

As Long as It’s Called Today: Job Interview, part 2

“I’m a servant leader,” the Restaurant Manager had said. “Let me tell you what that means.”

The Manager and the Prospective Employee were in a noisy restaurant, along the banquette and its tables-for-two.  There was one such table between us, and they were having to talk loudly.

“I inspire, encourage, and elevate the people around me,” said the Manager.

Inspire.

Encourage.

Elevate.

Wouldn’t you like to be part of a church where those behaviors were the norm?  Maybe you’re the one to start exemplifying those habits.  Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” says Hebrews 3:13.

Dream with me: “I inspire, encourage, and elevate the people around me,” said the Church and that’s us.

 

 

 

 

 

Job Interview at a Restaurant

The interview was going well.

Great questions and thoughtful responses.

They were both talking loudly to be heard over the noise of the crowded restaurant and the Neo-Punk Indie music.

Pretending to be captivated by the display on my phone, I made a few quick notes.  Some are keyed into my phone, some are written on a brown paper napkin, and all are relevant to you, me, church, and how we all relate.

What first caught my attention was the Manager telling the prospective employee, “I’m a servant leader.”  That’s not a new phrase.  We use it in  a variety of contexts and cultures, including church and corporation.

My favorite example is from a friend who was on a Mission Trip.  The person who met the Mission Trippers at the airport, helped carry their luggage, drove the van to the Mission Site, helped serve dinner and cleaned the kitchen, was also the one cleaning the toilets the next morning when the group awoke.

The outside group impressed, but also concerned about this person’s workload.

Later that morning, the Bishop was introduced at the Orientation Meeting.  You guessed it — the Bishop had met them at the airport, helped carry their luggage, had driven the van to the Mission Site, helped serve dinner and cleaned the kitchen, and was also the one cleaning the toilets the next morning when the group awoke.

“I’m a servant leader,” the Restaurant Manager had said. “Let me tell you what that means.”

He had my attention.  I already had one fantastic definition, personified by that Bishop.

See you back here tomorrow with what servant leadership means in that restaurant chain.

Meanwhile, how do you define servant leadership?

Let’s Go, part 4

 When they said,

“Let’s go to the house of God,

    my heart leaped for joy.

— Psalm 122

Who have you invited to go with you?

When and Where?

Do not giving up meeting together,

as some are in the habit of doing,

but encourage one another

—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25

And so, where and when will you get together this weekend with other Christians for worship and encouragement?

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