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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)

TITLE: The annual review
By Sydney Avey


G. I havenít seen you in my office much this year.

S. Well, no. But I copied you on everything Iíve been doing.

G. I saw that.

S. And I posted tweets, when I needed help.

G. I saw those.

S. You were really a support and a comfort when my mother died.

G. I could have done more.

S. No, no, really...

G. I could have given you the words you regret not saying...

S. Oh, Iím sure she knew how I felt.

G. If you had asked.

S. You know, Iíve just become aware that your Son has a Face Book page! I notice He has lots of friends but He never responds to posts. Why is that?

G. Our marketing department insisted on creating an online presence for my Son, but if you want face time with Him, Iím afraid you are going to have to look elsewhere.

S. Where?

G. Letís talk about your heart.

S. Oh, I have no health issues that interfere with my work.

G. Actually, you do. Has your heart been in the right place this past year?

S. What do you mean?

G. How many times last year did you check in with me to see if your work was aligned with my work?

S. I was very busy helping my mother die! Honor thy father and thy mother??? Thatís not what you expect of me?

G. Do you remember the lady that came to visit your mother? The woman you turned away?

S. You canít blame me for that. I was tending to my dying mother! I didnít have the strength to deal with someone elseís pain.

G. But I did. Thatís what Iím here for. Child, Iím not blaming you. Iím pointing out that when you take the entire burden upon yourself, you wear yourself out and I canít use you to comfort others.

S. You expected me to comfort a stranger when my mother was dying?
G. I hoped that you and I were close enough that you would allow me to comfort all of you.

S. I donít know how to do that.

G. Now weíre getting somewhere. Letís put that on your development plan, shall we?

S. What, exactly?

G. I want you to spend some time with Me this year. Set aside time to tell Me about your work and letís see what I can do to bring things to your attention that will make you a more effective worker for my Kingdom.

S. So, you arenít going to fire me?

G. Thatís exactly what Iím going to do. Spend a little more time listening to me and I will set your heart on fire with the passion and purpose you have always desired.

S. Wow. Thank you, Lord.

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Mildred Sheldon01/27/11
I liked how God and the sinner had a conversation and God showed the sinner what He wanted from him/her. The title as perfect for the way your article was written. Good job.
Brenda Rice 01/27/11
I had mine annual review recently and He said pretty much the same things to me that you wrote in the piece. Creative and original. Thanks for sharing.
Lisa Fowler01/30/11
Kind of a slap in the old face, huh? Been there- HE has a way of doing that. Thanks for sharing.
diana kay02/01/11
i laughed at this. A serious message told in a original (well fairly original ) way. I loved the line about Are you going to fire me... yes.... that made me go HUH ! :-)
Leola Ogle 02/01/11
What a delightful piece. I just loved it!
diana kay02/03/11
well done a well deserved placing ....
Steven Kellen02/05/11
Excellent! I loved the format and the title. Being a retired manager I an really relate. I too got a chuckle here and there. I hope we all get fired!
Kaye Swain02/08/11
I really enjoyed reading this. Some excellent and thought provoking points woven in. :)