I want to share a story from Brother Bo Sanchez’s talk at the feast. A very inspiring story once reminded us to focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses.
Once upon a time, there was a man who was applying for a janitor’s job in a big company. The HR manager was interviewing him, and after a very, very satisfactory interview, the HR manager told him he would be a janitor. “You’ve been hired,” the man said, thanking him profusely. The HR manager said, “Well, I just want you to fill out these forms. ” “Well, just give me your email address so that I can email you the other documents that you have to sign and tell you when you will report to work as a janitor.” The man said, “Oh no, sir, I do not have an email.” The HR manager said, “You do not have an email? A person who does not have an email in this world does not exist, and someone who does not exist cannot be a janitor! I am sorry you are not hired. So the man left that office totally depressed and very discouraged, with only 300 bucks in his pocket. He began to think of his 3-year old daughter in his home, hungry and waiting for food. He told himself, “I need to do something! He thought of something that he knew he could do. He went to the market, purchased 300 worth of tomatoes, placed them in a plastic bag, and then went door to door selling those tomatoes. After two hours, he sold all of them and doubled his money. He goes back to the market, buys 600 worth of tomatoes, and sells them again door to door. He has now doubled his money to 1,200 bucks, and he says the day is not yet over. He goes back to the market, buys more tomatoes worth 1,200 bucks doubles the money by selling all of them, and at the end of the evening he gets 2,400 bucks. He told himself, “My Gosh!” I can do this. I can survive! After a few weeks, he was able to buy a cart, and after a few more months, he was able to buy a second-hand truck. After two years, he had three trucks, and after 10 years, he was a very, very big food distributor. He had a fleet of trucks, and he became a wealthy man. One day, a friend of his came, an insurance agent who sold life insurance, so he was there, and the friend filled out the application form for a rich man. He said, “Sir, do you have an email address? The rich man said, “I do not have an email address,” and the agent said, “You are able to build a business empire without having an email address? Who would you be now if you had an email address? The rich man answered, “I would be a janitor.”
The story reminds us that whatever we do and whatever the outcome, we must accept it positively. Because God is with us and He knows what is good for us. Let us always ask God for guidance, as the Bible says in Proverbs 3:6: “Seek His will in everything you do, and He will show you the way.” A good example is Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, who applied for a job at KFC and was the only one rejected out of 24 applicants; perhaps if he had been accepted, he would not have become one of China’s wealthiest men. See? Everything was already set, and you were rejected. This does not mean you are weak, but the truth is, that thing was not meant for you. As Brother Bo said, “Your weakness is not God’s rejection but God’s redirection, God will tell you, that is not for you. “I have another opportunity for you to grow and succeed.”
To God be the glory