I bought a brand new suit just for this. With sweaty palms and a last minute mend of a stocking, I got on the road. To be safe, I left an hour early which turned out to be a good idea because, sure enough, there was mid-day, non-rush hour traffic.
Now the awkward moments in the office waiting area. “Were there hidden cameras on the walls?” “Should I re-apply my lipstick or will I get caught in the act?” “Why am I so worked up?” If I get this job it will change my life! A great industry, salary, commissions, benefits… a car! I KNOW I can do this, but boy am I a mess inside.
I probably shouldn’t have jumped up from my chair when the interviewer called my name. “Am I conveying enthusiasm and positive energy or the bundle of nerves that I am.”
After an hour of back and forth, I painted a larger than life picture of myself as master and commander of my domain and left the office with a strong handshake and pinpoint eye contact. There was only one problem. I felt uneasy about my answer to the very last question. “What is it that motivates you?”
I blurted out the standard interview answer about success and accomplishment which was partially true, but I left off the most important thing to me. Worse… I did it on purpose. I knew from a worldly perspective that it was controversial to reference God as my source of strength and motivation.
I did not get the job but felt compelled to write to the interviewer.
Dear Mr. Blank,
I want to apologize to you because during our discussion I neglected to tell you the truth about what motivates me. It is my faith in Jesus Christ that gets me out of bed and gives me everything I need to be successful. By leaving that out, I was not honest with you.
Please forgive me…
This was uncomfortable to write because I wanted to be considered for other positions. After prayer, I knew it was the right thing to do.
The next week I got a call inviting me back to interview for a different position. There I was again. Same suit, new stockings, but this time a sense of peace and a clear conscience. Then I heard the question… “What motivates you?”
The moment of truth. “That’s a great question Mr. Manager…”
As I explained that it is my faith, I saw his interview face turn into the most radiant smile. He put his hand out and said, “Well, I’m so glad to meet you! I share your compassion for your faith!.” I got the job, a much better territory and an instant bond with the company’s regional manager. God had a better plan for me. Through all the drama, He taught me how to trust in Him.
As you go forward this week, keep in mind that God has a perfect plan for you. Not the other way around. You are bound to face frustration and obstacles, so prepare yourself in prayer each morning. The joy far outweighs the burdens!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7
“If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.” Bruce Lee