7 I was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations I’ve received so that I wouldn’t be conceited. It’s a messenger from Satan sent to torment me so that I wouldn’t be conceited.
8 I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone. 9 He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me. 10 Therefore, I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassments, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, CEB
A person I really admire lost his job recently. He’s really good at his job. In fact, people all over the country know who he is and respect what he does. But he and his employer do not share the same mindset about the future of the organization, so the employer decided to move on and not renew his contract. In this case, I happen to know people who still work for the employer. From what I can tell, it is a situation where there is a legitimate difference of philosophy. There’s no ill-will, in fact I believe the employer thinks quite highly of this man’s character and integrity. Sometimes these things happen. Granted, it’s incredibly difficult emotionally to lose a job. My friend loved his employer and never wanted to work anywhere else, so he was completely devastated. In his devastation, he got on the internet and wrote a lengthy blog post admonishing his former employer. That blog post went viral. Now, there is animosity all around.
I’ve stopped to ask myself, how would I handle a similar situation? I can’t say for sure that I’d respond hugely differently from how he has, so I want to learn from him. He took an unfortunate situation and has turned it into a tragic situation where all parties are harmed.
Knowing how difficult it is to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, and how careful we have to be about second-guessing and what not, what are some ways in which we could apply Paul’s words to this situation?