In the last few weeks, my having to lean on the Lord for strength was paramount. Man’s inhumanity to man stung pretty badly. My computer problems in the last week have cost me one job and now, it was about to cost me another in 28 days unless there was a post to my dashboard.
This was almost like dealing with ISIS, an unrecognized state and a jihadist group. In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claimed religious authority over all Muslims across the world and wanted to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control beginning with nearby territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon,Cyprus, and an area in southern Turkey that includes Hatay. The group has been officially identified as a foreign terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council, the United States the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, and was widely described as a terrorist group by Western and other media sources. Failure to conform meant death. In my case, it meant the ‘death’ by the loss of a second job.
While it was great working for Jobz For Writer's, my time ended with them last week. My inability to finish a Masters thesis due to continuous computer troubles resulted in my account getting suspended and my status on their board was deactivated. At 4 a.m, they still expected me to upload the completed assignment even after telling them of my computer problems.
There was a wonder about how their writers were chosen in at JFW in the first place. There were several jobs on the board that sat unassigned for at least two days and then it would disappear. Apparently, their job was finding the right writer for the type of work being done. My last assignment was given late Friday evening after sitting unassigned for two days. The customer was the only one who knew the direction of the first 50 pages of their thesis. They also had the information needed in completing the assignment. The material wasn’t sent to me till Monday and the paper was due Wednesday.
Matthew 7:17-20 said:
17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.(NIV)
Personally, my feeling was that they were overlooking my other talents. Writing was just one of those talents that earned me money sometimes. Last year, my pastor praised me for one of the articles written for the Examiner about the local water shortage. He recommended my trying a column at the local paper. It was considered by me because it could’ve meant steady income. It could’ve still been done with the need to buy a new computer in the next few years. Some of the software that was due to come out wouldn’t have been compatible for Windows XP, or Windows 7.
While these contractual opportunities weren’t very competitive, they did offer good pay. There was also the problem of being scammed. Both my mother and my VR Counselor from DARS were of the same mind in this. Looking for work outside the home seemed futile. Excessive cab fare costs and my inability to use the bus were only a fraction of the problem. The prospective employer’s attitude played into it too. There were those that did one of two things giving them an easy out:
- 1. If they hadn’t felt the need to train, they stuck with someone with the required skill.
- 2. They suggested the painfully obvious which meant relying on Work Services, and DARS etc.
By law, everyone was entitled to an education, even those with special needs. Once one graduated and left the school yard, reality settled in. Full inclusion ceased to operate. The harsh reality was that most employers found a way around the ADA Law, even when encountering a person with special needs that could’ve done the job. My charm was still being smart in spite of having done poorly in math and science during school. Being forced to accept state services from the state like above was about as charming as my third try at typing term papers.
Matthew 25:40 said:
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (NIV)
The same thing happened with the Examiner during the week of February 14-21, 2013. It was more subtle though. My cable and internet went out. Time Warner Cable kept messing up either not setting my appointments or scheduling them without telling me, even after my leaving my number behind twice. The Examiner, was completely web based, so there weren’t any toll free numbers to call.. They still gave me 30 days to post an article or face getting removed from the board. Well, it’s happened again. This article should remove the red band across my profile on the site. After three years on the site, this type of ‘death’ would be a disgrace.
Needless to say, God was in control, so maybe the column at the local paper could have been looked into by me.