Crossroads of Life

Early in my business career I was offered a job promotion.
I was called to the office of the General Manager of the company and he presented me with the news that I had been selected to be the next department head. I was delighted with the news. As I considered this great news I thought about a much older co-worker who would be very disappointed that he had been passed over for this position. I had been with the company longer than he had been but he had been in this department longer than I had been. I felt working with this co-worker under these conditions might prove unpleasant for both of us. I suggested to the General Manager that he might wish to offer the position to my co-worker first and if he refused it I would gladly accept it. The job was offered to my co-worker and he quickly accepted the position. As he left the front office he headed directly toward me with a big smile on his face. He signaled he wanted to talk to me privately and so I followed after him. When we were alone he told me with an even bigger smile on his face that he had been promoted to department head. I nodded and smiled and offered my congratulations while not mentioning my prior knowledge of the offer. His next words to me were, “ I am going to give you a chance to resign your job or I am going to fire you.”
Of course I was stunned with this ultimatum, and now having no other option I submitted by resignation. I had a wife and two young children, one four and the other two years old. This was a most difficult time for my family and me.
The General Manager was very unhappy with the decision of his new department manager but was reluctant to countermand the very first order issued by his new manager. He did extend me severance pay of two months where the usual company policy was for only one month. This one event was to change the course of my life. This one decision of mine to have this promotion offered to another person was the lynch-pin that changed not only my life but affected all the subsequent decisions and events that followed. It affected people I would meet, people I would now never meet, opportunities I gained and opportunities I would never have. Friends my children would meet and friends my children would never meet. I pondered how greatly my present and future life had changed because of a decision made, perhaps too quickly. I wondered if all that has happened was for better or was it for worse, or does it all equal out in the end? All that I have experienced since that fateful moment would not exist, not even this moment of my praying on this deck in these beautiful mountains.
But during this prayer time I believe the Lord spoke to me and reminded me of

Romans 8:28 “All things work together for good to them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”

I realized that no matter what decisions I make, if made from a good heart and from love for the Lord then He can make all things work to my favor. All things become good because the Lord is still King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
A gentle peace has come upon me because this is where I am, and this is where I am supposed to be. Since I know He cares for me I am certain all things will continue to work for good for me and everyone else in my life.
For “As I See It”,
I am,
Roy A. Lamont

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My Confession

There are some things that are difficult to confess.
When I was much younger, as a teenager living in a major city, the idea of going fishing was an exciting idea.
One of my friends named Fred regularly went fishing with his dad and knew of a place where he and his dad often went to fish. We all thought that would be a good place to begin our new adventure. I think there were four or five of us who piled in to an old jalopy and off we went. We all looked to Fred to tell us how to use our homemade fishing poles. Fred had some bread and worms to use as bait. When we finally arrived at our destination we began to prepare to string our fishing poles and set the bait. I watched as the others put the hooks into the little worms and as I watched those little worms squirm I decided I would use compressed small rolls of bread as bait. I don’t remember any of us catching any fish and secretly I was very pleased.
I couldn’t imagine me trying to extract a hook from the mouth of any fish I might catch. I discovered that fishing was not my “thing.”
When I was in the US Military I qualified as a ‘sharpshooter’ after getting 198 out of 200 bulls eyes but I was still only second in my company as someone else got 199 out of 200. I didn’t mind shooting at non life targets but I could never bring myself to shoot at innocent wildlife. However, I believe that if someone threatened my family or other loved ones I would stop them. I think if possible I would shoot to maim instead of killing them. That would be better anyway as they would have to live the rest of their life incapacitated in some way.
I have to confess to strong feelings of discomfort when I have often seen big eighteen wheeler’s along the highways carrying a huge load of felled trees. The trunks stacked and chained together. To me it has always looked like a funeral procession of corpses stacked in one giant pile. Once they were majestic giants of the forest having for many years quietly carried out their duty as sentinels of the forest and serving as a refuge to bird and wildlife never being able to leave their post night or day even during storms of rain, hail or snow. Their responsibility now over and going on to become who knows what……… furniture, pulp for newspapers, a home or perhaps a baseball bat? It seems that even in death there is still a service we can perform and it seems that there is always a price to be paid. Call me a sentimentalist, romantic or even a ‘nut-job’ but I believe that life is better than death and that love is greater than hate. One day we will trade this physical body for a far greater spiritual one and experience a world without death and where love and life reign supreme forever.
That’s the world I can happily relate to.
For “As I See It”
I am, Roy A. Lamont
August, 2014