I got fired for the first time in my life this summer. The owner of the business told me that I wasn’t cut out for the job I was hired for. When she sat me down and told me all of this, I was so shocked and ashamed that I cried. I ducked down my head and tried not to let my coworkers see how upset I was as I left through the employee exit for the last time.
I dreaded going back and picking up my final paycheck. I was humiliated at how it happened—it was so sudden. Even though I knew I would eventually have to leave the job, being fired so soon was not a part of my plans. I didn’t know how my coworkers would react to seeing me again. Would they all know the story of how I was fired? Would they know why, or would they speculate?
The day that I finally got up enough nerve to pick up the check, it seemed like any other day at work for my former coworkers. They were rushing around, helping customers. They were nice and glad to see me, and not surprised that I got fired—apparently, that particular business has a high turnaround rate. I was relieved to hear that I wasn’t the only one who succumbed to this fate. I was even more relieved to see that my coworkers didn’t appear to harbor negative opinions of me.
The truth is it doesn’t really matter what my coworkers thought of me. That job was a temporary step to better things in my life. It was once a part of my reality, and then it wasn’t. And even if I had done every single thing right, I still would have left the job one way or another someday. The employees that I knew might not work there much longer, either. After a while, it would be like I had never worked there at all.
As I left that place for the last time, I was reminded of how life works. When someone dies, people grieve for a time. They joke about the person’s sense of humor and reminiscence about their passions. And then they move on. This world is a big round sphere, a never-ending circle. What we leave behind on this Earth will be remembered, for a little while. When the people who once knew us leave this Earth, their memories of us will go too. But it’s important to remember that there are bigger things in store for us. What we should be working for is not to please other people; we should be working to please God.
Life has a 100% turnaround rate. Whether the cause is
sudden or gradual, we will all be asked to leave this world someday. We all
know that we will die, but we can’t ever be sure of when. As Christians, we don't have to fear death anymore; in fact, having a deadline on our time can be empowering. How do we make the most of the time that we
do have here? What does living like there’s no tomorrow (on Earth) mean for a
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 “Lord, make me to know my end,
And what is the measure of my days,
That I may know how frail I am.
5 Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my age is as nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah
6 Surely every man walks about like a shadow;
Surely they busy themselves in vain;
He heaps up riches,
And does not know who will gather them.
New King James Version (NKJV)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
This post was written by Emily Haymans.