[Editor's note: I wrote this a couple weeks ago at 3 o'clock in the morning, but withheld from posting it public until I 100% knew full details of my job, i.e. today, June 25.]
If I remember anything from my 2 a.m.Rant three weeks ago, it was my frustration with wanting to have a job. Well, in the whirlwind of this past week and a half...this is my humbling story on how this prayer has been answered.
Two Mondays ago I was ironing for work late at night and I whispered to God, "I don't get it." I thought about how back in Costa Rica, I thought I had a divine revelation about my vocation to Catholic education, especially to be a teacher and I was frustrated that it wasn't going to be true.
|"Throw me something, already!"|
I thought about how I might be pigeon holing my options like the man in the flood, and that prayer that night motivated me to apply for the Director of Development and Marketing position at St. Francis International, a Catholic elementary school here in Silver Spring.
The next morning, the principal responded that he saw my resume and wanted me to come in at the end of that week. What? In the past two years of applying for countless jobs, I'm so used to not hearing back, getting strung along for months, and finally receiving "this position's been filled" e-mails that to receive an interview literally seven hours (he responded the following morning) after applying was unheard of, Guinness Book of World Records worthy. I asked God, "Are you trying to send me a boat?"
|A man walked in on Abraham Lincoln getting ready|
before a speech. The man asked, "Are you shining
your own shoes?"
Abraham Lincoln replied,
"Yes. Who else is going to do it?"
The next day right after orientation I drove to the school I've never been to before in a huge thunderstorm. As I walked out of my car my umbrella broke and I got soaked in my black suit and shined up shoes. Awesome. Despite this I still had high spirits. I walked into the principal's office right at 4 p.m. and didn't leave until a little after 6 p.m. I felt like I, with the Holy Spirit, knocked it out of the park, and I don't always feel that way after interviews.
"We want to offer you the position."
|He might not be of|
Assisi, but his words
are of TRUTH
St. Francis de Sales once said, "Be who you are and be that well."
In the first interview, they asked me to address hypothetical and real scenarios. I in return brought up how I faced very similar scenarios in Costa Rica when I worked at oh, the other St. Francis school in my life. I remember back then I was doing those things because that was the right thing to do, not knowing it would later benefit my resume or even an interview more than a year later. When we had talked about compensation, they definitely took in consideration both my experience as a recruiter with Catholic Volunteer Network AND my time doing service work in Costa Rica. I just want to shout at all the skeptic students I talked to in the past year who considered a year of service "a waste of time." It's not for several reasons, and here's an added one: it can lead you to an unforeseen career you didn't think possible!
Before I left that day, I asked them why they chose me. They specifically told me how they appreciated how authentically Catholic I was with the casual way I talked about myself, how they observed me closely as I interacted with other faculty and by example proved that I am relational, and how I didn't skip a beat with their answers. The kicker for me is that they chose me for reasons of who I am. I was just being me. Be who you are, Matt and be that well.
God, you truly did send me a boat. A boat I didn't foresee nor was expecting, but ended up being better than anything I was dreaming and hoping for. I am eternally grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.