O Holy Night

identity intrinsic value self esteem Dec 15, 2021
Wednesday Wisdom
It's very likely someone at Corporate lost their job last night.
The direct sales company I'm affiliated with sent out an email yesterday afternoon announcing a sweet bonus... one which would greatly benefit the members of my team and spur them to generate sales just before Christmas -- making them, me, and the company extra money! Cool!
Except, the bonus was a mistake. An error. The company retracted the offer several hours later. And someone's head likely rolled as a result.
I have questions.... Is the email-er in error a regular screw-up? How long have they worked there? Is this their first big booboo? Does he/she have any redeeming qualities to justify keeping them, especially since it's Christmas.
Firing this time of year seems like a Scrooge move to me.
As I've listened to Christmas music the last couple of weeks, I can't help but appreciate the words from O Holy Night.
"Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth!"
When I think back over the mistakes I've made in life, I'm grateful that my errors, mistakes, bad choices didn't get me "fired" from the Kingdom of God. Instead, Jesus came to earth and spent 33 years demonstrating my value to the "company," even though at best I'm imperfect, and at worst irredeemable.
We talk so much of self-esteem and self-care, and yet culture neglects and -- more and more -- rejects the essential message of the gospel... that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
I hope Corporate will extend grace and mercy to the unfortunate bloke who sent out a poorly worded email. Seems his/her livelihood is a high price to pay for being less than perfect.
I'm grateful that my worth is not tied to how perfect I am. My worth was proven two thousand years ago on a Holy Night when God became man, dwelt among us, lived a perfect life and gave Himself a ransom for many.
"A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices / For yonder breaks / A new and glorious morn"
Indeed! My soul feels its worth!

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