One day, I got a call from Bank One, telling me that I was hired. That was great, except I had never submitted an application or done an interview. I had no idea that I was even in consideration for the job--or even that they were hiring! It turns out that my Dad had mentioned my name, and I was hired solely on the basis of his character. (Of course I proved myself, too, later on!) Amazingly, since I was going off to college, I couldn't work at our local branch, so I was transferred to a branch in Flagstaff with high recommendations--even though I had never worked a day at the bank!
My Dad wasn't a wealthy man. He didn't have any "standing" in the community. In fact, he was the assistant manager at the local grocery store. Everybody knew my dad because of his smile, I think. He was always smiling or joking with one person or another. It didn't matter what was going on in his life, my Dad always had something to be thankful for and a kind word for everyone.
But it wasn't just his good attitude or his kind words that people noticed. He was also a man of integrity. Dad always did what he said he would do. He lived a life worthy of God. And while the benefits weren't monetary, to my young 18 year old self, getting a job just on the basis of my Dad's character made a huge impression on me.
I hope that one day my kids will be able to say the same about me--that their mom was a person who lived her life with integrity and kindness and always a smile to share.
|Karen and Dad|
Phil. 1:6: Have confidence that He who began a good work in you will continue it until the day of Christ Jesus.