What a crazy world we live in. I don’t even know where to begin. About seven years ago I embarked upon a new life in Christ, a new adventure , a fresh start in life. I began working for a company known as Fashion Inc. Sounds pretty wild, but the truth is we build gas stations all over the country. I would say with absolute confidence that we are the best in the business because we take pride in what we do.
At the beginning of this adventure I met a man named Mike Wilkins. He was also my boss. I came to work everyday, put my head down, and did as much as I could do everyday. After two years Mike made me the shop supervisor. You know how it goes, because Mike was the boss I was told many different stories about him. However, I didn’t let these stories shape and mold my thoughts on this man.
When I became supervisor of the shop it meant everything to me. Mike was the first male figure in my life to take me under his wing and teach me everything he possibly could. He has faith in me, he trusts me, and he believes in me. I have never had this before. We have spent almost five years in the same office learning and growing together. We have come to know one another pretty well. I really look up to this man, not only is he my boss, he is one of the best friends I’ve ever had. I say this because he never pulls any punches, he keeps it real, and never gives up.
So Monday of this week he gathers all of the Supervisors in the shop and takes us up to the conference room where we meet with the President of the company. I had no clue what was going on. Then out of the blue he looks at all of us and tells us that he is retiring, that January 29th is his last day at Fashion Inc. I couldn’t believe my ears, my heart sunk, and it just hasn’t been the same at work since. I thought he was going to be around at least a couple more years. However, I am happy for him because he’s about to do what he loves to do full-time. He’s a farmer.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, but here shortly I’ll be waiting for him to walk in the door as usual, only he’s not going to be there. Isn’t change great:) I feel as if something has been taken from me. The more I analyze it, I think I do what I do more for him because of what he has done for me, and not so much the company. If that makes any sense. So as it says at the top, I can only imagine what is next. It’s going to be different, I can see that already.
I am a Romans 8:28 man so I know that God causes all things to work together for the good for those who love him and are called according to His purpose. So deep down in my heart I know all of this is happening for a reason. What is it? I have no clue nor will I pretend. Mark 10:27 says; With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. So I know it’s going to be alright, one day at a time. Then BAM!!!! Out of the blue is the blessing.
So Mike if you come across this little article I wrote I want you to know that I am truly grateful for all you have done for me, it has been a true honor working for you and by your side all these years, and you have taught me so much about business and life. You are more compassionate than any one I have ever met, no pun intended. You are one of the greatest examples of mercy I have ever seen. You are truly one of the most amazing people I have had the honor to get to know, and one of the funniest people I have ever met.
You are in my prayers as is your family. I wish you the best as you enter into your retirement years. May you live long and prosper. God bless you and yours.
Love and Respect,