Several months ago -- I guess when I got my new car -- I discovered Joel Osteen on Sirious XM. He is always on unless I've heard what he is saying already, and sometimes, I still leave him on.
I can't imagine there is a single person in America that doesn't know who Joel is. My parents used to go to his father's church in Houston many years ago. We actually attended a service with them one time. I remember my parents telling me back then about Dodie having been healed of terminal cancer. She is still alive today!
So today I was listening to him talk about NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, have a good attitude. Don't even let people know you are upset or sad or going through a hard time. Act like everything is okay.
While I was listening to him, I thought that a lot of people really do go through horrible tragedies, and I can't imagine how they can just act like they didn't even happen. How about that train wreck the other day? How about those policemen killed for just being policemen? How about the Christians, including little babies, beheaded right in front of their loved ones???? Does Joel ever hear about THAT stuff?
Surely, he isn't talking about horrendous tragedies like that. He must be referring to day-to-day mishaps and inconveniences. Being sick. Losing your job. A fight with your spouse or your child. Things like that.
But maybe not.
He was talking about having to raise 100 million dollars to refurbish the building they bought. I guarantee you, THAT would keep me awake FOREVER! Maybe not him.
As I was listening, I thought, "The next time something bad happens, I'm not going to have a bad reaction or get upset about it!"
Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllll, you KNOW God was listening to my mind, and He heard me think that.
Just a few hours later -- this very day -- one of our very good employees that I have become quite attached to called me here at home to tell me she is leaving us. She isn't mad at us or upset with our company. She just thought her old job was lots of fun, and they want her back.
Now, maybe in most businesses, in most towns, that isn't that big of deal; but in this tiny, one-horse town, it is very, very hard to find employees with any qualifications, never mind the kind that are required by the government in order for us to be accredited. The employee training for our business is extensive and takes over a year, and then they no sooner learn the 10 trillion rules, and the government changes them!!!
AND, every third year we have a SURPRISE audit that lasts two days. Some guy or lady shows up totally unexpected (except for the month). She/he goes through all your files and books and drawers. They can quiz your employees about their training and about us.
They ask me all kinds of nutty questions. The first time we were audited, the auditor asked me what we do when someone who doesn't speak English calls our store.
I wanted to say, "We hang up!"
"What do you do in case of a tornado?"
We look out the window to see if it is coming!
Both WRONG answers, and I actually did know the right answers.
So, GUESS when the next audit is???????
It is in just a few weeks. Any day in June.
Right now, the store manager is out recovering from spine surgery. The lady doing part of her job is out on a one week vacation. Another lady is about to take a one week vacation. And a third just gave me her notice tonight.
ALL THAT TRAINING DOWN THE DRAIN! It is enough to make a Saint cuss, as my Mother used to say. Thank goodness, I'm not a Saint or even a close relative of one!
Sooooooooooooooo, I reminded myself RIGHT AWAY that I was going to take Joel's advice and not react or get upset. I, of course, have to place an ad in the paper that comes out only one day a week down here. I am casting this care on the Lord (per scripture), and I'm going to watch Him handle it. He knows JUST the right person to send our way, and I'm just going to wait and watch and thank Him in advance that he is handling it.
I made a video for you, Carol Ann. Watch for it tomorrow.
Be back soon.