(Continued from last time) A few months had passed since Person gratefully shook hands with his new employer, Prosper. He had expected that somehow the job would fall through or he would turn out to be a disappointment in some way. He kept his guard up because of it and expected the worst every day. His coworkers seemed so at ease with the idea of working there, but Person couldn’t get used to the idea.
After a few months in his new job, Prosper asked Person to join him in his office. With sweaty palms and a lump in his throat, Person made his way, wondering if there was something he had done wrong. The conversation was pleasant, but Person was on edge all the same. Prosper reviewed his notes and seemed satisfied with something and looked up with a smile and said. “You’ve done very well; I have no regrets about hiring you.”
Person thanked him with a breathless response, politely stating that he was honored and grateful for the opportunity. Prosper then asked if he had found a mentor as he had advised him to do and Person’s eyes fell. He was ashamed to admit he had been too afraid to ask anyone and tried to think of an excuse. In astonishment, he heard Prosper offering to mentor him, if he was interested. He listened as Prosper explained that he had mentored several others and had no mentees at the moment. It was almost as if Prosper was asking to be considered.
Before he finished speaking, Person cut in with an enthusiastic reply and the tone in the room changed dramatically. They both smiled as the conversation took a more personable tone. They discussed what the mentoring relationship might look like, how often they would meet, and other details. He soon realized that the status of mentee meant something to everyone he worked with. People listened to him and looked at him differently. This time he was not afraid to look them in the eye.
Over the next month, Prosper advised him on some challenging topics. Person found his mind fully engaged as he tried to absorb the concepts. The hard part was figuring out how to actually do what had been taught. He made lists and goals and even recited all sorts of mottoes out loud and hoped one or two methods would stick, but found it wasn’t so easy to put them into practice. He was determined to figure out a way to show Prosper he was listening.
He realized one morning that he was in a situation similar to one Prosper had described. He saw clearly the actions Prosper would have taken and he decided to mimic what he thought his mentor would do. The results were much better than he expected, and he came away elated and a little surprised at how easy it had been. As he shared his excitement with Prosper, he could see the smile before the sentence was done. Prosper had known that he could do it.
That evening Person thought again about the way the man who was now his mentor had treated him. He had never bullied him or tried to force his ways, in fact he had been patient as he worked through the awkwardness. The more he pondered, the more Person wanted to emulate the qualities he admired so much. If that meant giving up who he had been, so be it. A wiser person was shaping him to be something better and that was a good thing. He couldn’t wait to go to work the next day for the next conversation. (Click here to read the next section of the story)
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In this story I wanted to reflect on being empty, being unable to solve or satisfy a need
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
In Matthew 5:6 we are told of one more circumstance that is considered blessed; hunger and thirst. Not just any hunger and thirst, but a specific type. The other conditions that were mentioned were those who are poor in spirit, who mourn, and who are meek. These conditions were not specific and so it’s possible to make your own interpretation. Here Jesus is clear, the hunger and thirst is after righteousness. This can only mean that the blessed are those who aren’t righteous but desperately want to be.
All of us have experienced some form of hunger or thirst, and I think this was a good analogy to convey the concept. Lately I’ve struggled with stomach problems and had to endure some fits of hunger so it’s very real to me. Hunger and thirst means knowing what you lack and being aware of what you need. If we follow the concepts given thus far – I realize I have nothing to offer God, I deeply regret the state I find myself in, and then I recognize my part and guilt before God. I want to be righteous, but it is something I cannot achieve within myself.
The promise of being blessed after hunger and thirsting for righteousness is that will be filled. We will be given more than a small amount that staves off hunger; instead there is an image of being complete. The amazing promise I find here is we will not be found wanting at all before a Holy God. We are made perfect, filled to the top with righteousness that is GIVEN. I emphasize given because God did not make a deal with us; He wasn’t fooled or coerced into giving us righteousness through Jesus, it was given willingly with an abundance of love.