By Samuel Lam
Yesterday I wrapped up my final shift at the workplace I’ve been for two years. It was bittersweet because I didn’t want to leave but I was forced to leave due to some contract dispute. I left on good terms, but it was kind of hard to accept it. After all, the whole reason why I moved to Southern California was for this job. Now the reason for me being here was over. I don’t know where my sports media career will go from here.
I did want to at least make a proper farewell and I decided to write some thank you notes to some co-workers who have meant a lot to me during my two years. I went to Target and bought the cards you see above. I was finished writing my first card and as I was about to sign it, I hesitated.
How do I sign off on a thank you card? If this is the last impression I was going to make, how should I send it off?
I thought a simple Thank You with my signature would do. But I also thought about how much these people were a blessing to me. Clearly these people were put in my lives by God and I wanted to express that.
At work I only talked about my faith with only a couple people. It was never a topic that was brought up and I don’t know if it is ever brought up by anyone else. Even though athletes thank God all the time in interviews, rarely was the topic ever talked about at work. I don’t know if I should have said something during my two years here or not. I just didn’t know how or when.
But now as I leave for the last time, I remembered that everything up to this point in my life is a blessing from God. From me finding the job, moving here, finding a place to live and finding a home church, everything was from God. This job was from God. These people are from God. I felt that maybe I should express that.
I sat there, looking at the card, debating whether or not I should end my card with God Bless along with my signature. I had never brought up my faith, so these people wouldn’t know where that’s coming from. It kind of would be a little awkward to read at the very end. I decided that maybe I shouldn’t.
Then I thought about it again.
I struggled for a while on this. I wanted to do it, but I wasn’t sure if it was right to do it. Mentioning God in my thank you note when I had never mentioned my faith to begin with? What would they think of me?
I looked at the card I had written and I mimicked writing God Bless on the card, leaving my pen only a centimeter above the surface. The words would fit. But would it even look right following all that I wrote in the note?
Maybe this is the first and only time they will ever see God’s name. Maybe this could be their first step in satisfying a curiosity. Maybe this is that opportunity for me to talk about God in the workplace. Maybe this was the way God wanted me to share His name.
I have a chance to give them something that means a lot to me. And if this was the final impression I was going to make, I want to do it in Him. I wanted them to know who I am.
I signed the card God Bless, Samuel Lam. Licked the envelope and wrote my other cards, signing them the same way.
May God use my sign off in these cards as the kickstart of another blessing.
Samuel Lam: Samuel is a Bay Area native living in Southern California working in sports media. He blogs on many topics, including sports, music, movies, travel and especially faith. Sam also runs his own personal sports blog on his free time. Check him out at: Green Eggs and Lam & But At The End Of The Day.