Today was my last day of work as a massage therapist! It's kind of bittersweet, actually, because although I'm not crazy about massage therapy anymore I will miss a lot of the patients I have worked on for the last 3 years.
The other girls in the office took me out for appetizers after work though, and bought me this orchid. We laughed a lot and talked a lot and it felt really good to be so enjoyed by others and to enjoy them back.
and today, oh guess what I did today! I stood up to a man who was wrong. Who treats people wrong and who shares Jesus wrong and who jokes wrong and who is, general, wrong about a lot of things. In most cases, people like this don't take correction well and can only see the wrong-ness in others, not themselves. Knowing this, I often keep my mouth shut and patiently endure their poor people skills and lack of self awareness, but for once, I opened my mouth and took a stand. I confronted him on three big issues, and in the process I stood up myself and for the other girls in the office. and I am so stinkin' proud of myself for doing it. For not just biting my tongue and waiting until later to replay the conversations back in my head with all of the witty things I should have said, but for speaking the truth in love in the moment. It was an incredible feeling. He took it well (we even ended the conversation with a high five!) and I hope my words spoke to him. I was praying for wisdom because I know myself well enough to know that emotionally charged Leslie can say some pretty untrue and hurtful things. Which is how I know the words that came out of my mouth came from Him (Notice the big "H") because they were covered in grace and truth (when they would have been covered in unforgiveness and anger if they had come from me.) Praise Jesus!
The best part of the whole day was coming home to an excited husband who joined me in jumping around in circles and chanting "I'm done with work forever! I'm done with work forever!"