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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)
TITLE: Brian Trouble
By Ken Ebright
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A few years later, I worked as a lighting director at a company called Value Vision (now Shop NBC). My boss felt that I needed someone to help me. Brian moved into lighting and became my assistant. We were far from being bookend lighting technicians. When we had a slow day, we wouldn't get along.
One of my duties first thing every day was to go from set to set and change out light bulbs if needed. I asked Brian to help, but he wouldn't even lift a finger. Back at Nortel, I am sure that if George needed help , then John would help him.
George and John were obviously model employees they probably wouldn't call in sick to get out of doing something. That's exactly what Brian did a day after we were assigned the task of straightening out a gel (A sheet of colored plastic that is placed over a light) cabinet.
I'm sure that John never purposely did anything to get George mad. At the shopping channel I apparently didn't repair a light the right way, so Brian tied a string between two racks in a way so I would trip.
As Christians, we're supposed to love our enemies. It was hard for me to like someone who was out to hurt me. On the other hand I failed as Christian to show Brian the love of Jesus. I didn't care about our working relationship.
There are people in this world that are hard to love. When we get into these situations, we need to pray for the person in question. It's hard to pray for someone you dislike. I wonder how things would have been had I prayed for Brian. Hopefully God would of changed both of our hearts, and I could have been a better Christian witness.
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