It was the summer of 1985, my last day as an employee of Pfizer, Inc. As I was getting ready to leave for a final round of golf with two of my bosses, I was called to the conference room. It was filled with many fellow employees… some in Marketing, Production, Research….. I had known most of them for many years.
After some cake and some kind words, they asked me to say a few words. I had not prepared anything because I wasn’t expecting this. I silently prayed and got up. I thanked everyone for their friendship and kindnesses to me over the years and mentioned that I was leaving to teach in a new school, Koinonia Academy, where Jesus Christ was in charge. I mentioned that the Lord was the most important thing in my life and I wanted to serve him. I encouraged all of them to give Christ a chance. It was pretty brief and a number of people encouraged me as we ended. I’m pretty sure it was not the most eloquent presentation on the Lord, but I wanted to proclaim his name on my last day.
It’s hard to believe that moment was over 36 years ago. I’m sure almost all of the people in that room are long gone from Pfizer and many have passed away. I’m sure whatever important project they happened to be working on that day lost it’s importance a long time ago. I hope they did get to know the Lord. I hope my example helped them in some way.
It’s amazing how things that seem so important today, often lose that importance over time. Yet the truth of God never loses its importance… as true today as yesterday and as important today as yesterday. Jesus was my Lord on that day in 1985 and he’s still my Lord today in 2021. May it be true all the way into the kingdom of heaven.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil.2:9-11)