The Catholic Church teaches, and I gratefully accept, that God has perfect foreknowledge. Simply put, God doesn’t have new ideas; and, that truth has enormous implications for each one of us. It means that, although we were conceived and later born on particular dates in history, we have always been in the mind, heart, and plan of God.
God has always known your name, your face, your strengths and weaknesses, your favorite color, your most cherished memories, the things that move your heart, and the things that make you cry. God sees your loneliness and insecurities. God hears your voice raised in prayer. God sees your fist raised in anger and frustration… and understands.
You have always been, and will always be, God’s beloved. You are never completely alone.
You are not an accident or a mistake! In fact, you are God’s good and eternal idea!
Not too long ago, I visited the website of one of my former employers. I spent nearly twelve years of my life with that organization as a member of the management team; and, I hope that I made some small contributions during that time.
While on the website, just out of curiosity, I searched under my name and found just two rather obscure references. I had to smile.
I don’t say this to indict my former employer. In fact, I still believe it to be a very noble company, one that I am proud to have served.
I guess my point is that corporations move on. As much as we’d like to think of ourselves as irreplaceable in our jobs, it really isn’t true.
So, what lesson do I take from this?
Honestly, it’s the people that matter.
I may be a distant memory to the “organization,” but there are still people from that organization whom I consider very dear friends.
By all means, work hard for your employer; but, take special care of the people you meet on the job.