Part of Joe’s role as team leader this term has been to dismiss employees that we as a team no longer need to employ. This is usually due to the fact that they serve as guards at a house in the bush that we have sold or given over to the churches – thus we are no longer the owner and no longer employ the guards. While not necessarily a happy topic to think about for most of us, the Maasai view it a bit differently.
The last time Joe returned from releasing two employees (these retiring after 18 years of service), as I looked through the pictures he took I asked him why he was receiving gifts from them. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Aren’t we thankful that they have been faithful, long-term employees for us? His answer made me stop and think.
These two employees were grateful to have a job so they could support their families in drought-ridden Kajiado. Not all gift giving occasions have been in drought prone areas, but the impetus behind them has been the same – thankfulness for a good job and a good employer.
So, does it make you stop and think? Have you ever said “thank you” to an employer? Have you ever let them know how much the opportunity to learn new skills, support your family, work under their leadership, etc. has blessed your life? If not, maybe you should. If you do, leave me a comment to let me know how it went.
Thank you, Lord, this day for the chance to have been employed these last 15 years. Thank you for sustaining me in the in between times as well when I wondered from where my daily bread would come. May I not forget the people you have used as employers to make that possible. Amen.