October 29, 2010
So today was employee review. One by one each of us had our turn being called into the “office,” asked how we felt things were going, and then told whether or not we were getting a raise based on our work over the past year. I’ll be honest with you, this is a very humbling process. For one thing, the person who conducts this process is from the central office. The only time we see them is on this occasion. Furthermore, when you sit down face to face with the person who hands you your paycheck, and they are about to be brutally honest with you about your work habits, your manners, your attitude, your general demeanor, your quirks, your weaknesses, your strengths, your future, etc., you feel a little bit nervous. If you don’t you’re abnormal.
I could not help but see a spiritual allusion. The day is coming when I will stand before God. I want so badly to hear the words, “Well done, friend.” To be honest with you, thoughts about that day often fill my mind and motivate me to live in a way that pleases him now. After all, he knows everything about me, my thoughts and motivations, my likes and dislikes, my sins and successes.
As I reflected on these things, I John came to mind–one of my all time favorite passages:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
-1 Jn 4:18