This is lesson that I learned today; that you can not steal from me that which I have already freely given to you. If I take on the heart of a servant, and give to you that which you have tried to take from me–you have lost your power over me. You cannot harm me, you cannot rob me, and you cannot manipulate me; you are not empowered to any longer.
The President of the seminary that I go to contacted me a few weeks ago and told me that they wanted to offer me job at the school as their graphic artist during Summer break. I was told that we still had to “work out the details” on when I would start, how much I would get paid and all of that, but that it was all underway and not to look for other work.
A week later I was asked to take on a small graphic design project for the school. I asked what the status was on when I was going to get hired, and was told that it was still “in the works” but that it would be great if I could still do this project beforehand since the school needed it for that weekend. I agreed.
A week after that I was contacted about a bunch of multimedia editing that needed to be done for the school. I was apprehensive. I again asked about when I was getting hired, and I was told to do the video editing on my own time over the weekend and that when I hand it in then they will tell me about my job, pay, and hire date.
It is sad how transparent humans can be. I knew that it was a set-up. I knew that the President was just trying to get this work out of me before telling me that he was not going to be able to offer me a paying gig as promised. The sad part is that he did not have to try to manipulate a gift out of me, if he would just be up-front I would have just done it out of kindness.
I knew what he was doing, but I smiled and chose to do it anyway–as a gift.
I did not mention that I knew, I am sure that it would have offended this man of God to have his character put in question, but it certainly was in question.
I handed in the work, in fact I took the time to do extra work so that they had enough media for their website for the next 4 months instead of 1 month as they asked for. I handed it in, and then asked about the position. They informed me that they really do not have the budget to hire any more staff, but thanks for the files.
I had no anger inside of me, for they did not take anything from me that I had not already resolved myself to freely give. I am not even going to go off on how ungodly this man’s behavior is; it is not worth it to me.
I will say however that these Christians are lucky to have a Buddhist Christian in their school to help them, forgive them, and hopefully show them what Christ-like behavior is like.
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