I only worked two years at Walmart—and left two years ago—but the flashbacks keep on coming.
So I’m in Walmart getting a caulking gun.
Then it happened:
“Attention Walmart associates. All register-trained associates please report to the front.”
I’m glancing for a hiding place behind the paint shelving when I remember I don’t work at Walmart anymore.
I was a Walmart department manager, easily the hardest—and one of the most oppressive—jobs I ever had. There were times I honestly didn’t know how I was going to survive.
But during my worst time there, when I thought I was going under, God gave me this word:
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”
Today’s a different day.
Just now he reminded me of the old one with these words:
For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
God keeps his promises.
In a week…
But the new team. Wow. It’s gonna be a rocket ride. New skills. New licenses. New solutions to provide. New faces to mismatch to new names.
Then more opportunities to mentor and help new employees get off to a great start.
Number three on my StrengthsFinder profile is Learner. And part of my LinkedIn tag line is “Professional Beginner.”
This is gonna be a blast.Photo: Desk by Pyrrhos Papadopoulos on Flickr