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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Staff (01/31/13)

TITLE: Needed: Good Employees!
By Ramona Cook


"Good help is hard to find," thought Marshall as he rose from his chair to signify that the interview was finished. He said the usual pleasantries to the last interviewee of the day assuring that a phone call or letter would inform of his decision. "This has been a day and a half worth of stress all crammed into five hours of these back to back interviews," he mumbled to himself as he closed the door.

Marshall was the Coordinator of Human Resources for the WE CARE Home Health Visits. It was not a problem to find those persons with adequate certification and experience for filling the needs of the customers; it was difficult to find those who did truly see the customer as an opportunity to be served, a real human being with real feelings as well as needs.

Marshall had a series of questions, all psychologically constructed to emit true values from the interviewee. It was rare that he really liked all that he heard.

As Marshall was locking the door and walking to his car he was reflecting on the fact that some wide chasm of misunderstanding or miscommunication occurs between the employer and the employee. It seems that employees do not realize how vital they are to the functioning of any business. He realized that the hourly wage or salary seemed to express to them that they should be happy to be hired, but why did they not translate that into dedicated service to the Company?

Did the employed not understand that complaints from the customers were damaging, not only to their jobs but also to the Company that provided them a place to work, and subsequently the wage they were paid? "Well, anyway," he thought, "I am in need of some really good persons who are dedicated to the profession they chose, those who do their job with excellence even when I am not looking."

As Marshall entered his home his eyes fell upon a picture his grandmother had given to him. It was a picture of Jesus walking with His sheep and carrying a staff in His hand. As if he heard a gentle whisper the thought came to him, "We all need a staff."

Putting away his brief case, hanging his coat, and thinking simultaneously, he asked himself the question, "Does Jesus really need a staff?" He snickered and kept meditating the thought.

His summation was, "Yes, of course Jesus needs a staff, and not just the wooden one in His hand, He needs persons who are willing stay in His hand, to do His work and to do it with diligence even when no one is looking." In many ways he could see the similarities of his experience with trying to find staff members for the business and that which Jesus must also face.

"The Lord not only has given to us salvation, but promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He promises safety from the evil one, and provisions for our needs, and we are too often much less than dedicated workers in His field, also not seeing the value of the human being which so compassionately stirs God's heart," he reasoned.

How sad he felt to think of The Great God being in need of a Staff of good workers. He recalled the text in which Jesus said, "Look at the fields, they are white unto harvest, but the workers are few. Pray you therefore, that He will cast forth workers into His vineyard."

Jesus has a job for each of us. The pay and security are very adequate, the benefits are fantastic, and payable for a life time that never ends! Jesus needs a Staff.

"Sign me up!" said Marshall, in his strongest voice.

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Meghan Andersch 02/07/13
I enjoyed your take on "staff" and the reflection on how Jesus really is looking for dedicated, joyful "employees".
Nice work!
C D Swanson 02/08/13
Such a clever entry, well done. God bless~