First and foremost, this is NOT a political post! I have strong political opinions but I will never share them here! Donald Trump, let’s face it, is a big thing in the news today – regardless of your political persuasion you must admit he is getting a whole lot of attention!
In the mid-1980’s I worked for Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization. I was the office manager and assistant to the administrator in a luxury condominium in South Florida. The developer of the property got in financial trouble and Trump came in, as he often does, and bought the twin towers at a bargain basement price! A few days later the words TRUMP PLAZA blazed from the crown of the 32-story towers.
525 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach Florida | A beautiful property!
I drove up that driveway every day. I walked across the Travertine marble floors. I stood in the lobby with Lee Iacocca and the Donald himself. I hob-nobbed with the wealthy residents on the pool deck. From the roof deck, I watched in horror, the smoke trails from The Challenger explosion (I wrote about that here.) I witnessed, with delight, a water spout rising out of the Atlantic Ocean as I stood on the roof of the south tower. I loved the people, the residents, the employees, the service crews – it was a dream job for a single mom of three young kids…until…
All of us who had transitioned from the old management to the new Trump organization had heard the rumors – a certain female in the NYC offices could make your life miserable. Well, my day came and I got the phone call – I had never, nor have ever since, been called the vile word this woman yelled at me over the phone line 1200 miles away, all due to my question, “Why?” My days at Trump Plaza were coming to an end. It was a blast, and a lot of hard work, but it was over! (This photo of me was taken while working at T.P.)
A few weeks ago, hubs and I were surfing You Tube and we saw “Donald Trump’s speech at Liberty University’s Convocation 2012” – we pushed play. The Donald, in his signature pink tie, bouffant hair, flambuoyant New York style dazzled the students! At one point, Mr. Trump made the statement, “I am a Christian <long pause> a REAL Christian…”
I hope and pray he is.
I’m not even sure why I wrote this today. I think about those days, long ago, and realize it is all “that” which makes me who I am and who I am not, today. I am so grateful for my life experiences, the people I’ve met, the people I’ve worked for – God has been most gracious to me through the years. Even when I excluded Him, He was still working on my behalf, for my good!
I was young and impressionable back then but now I look at successful men and women, in business, politics, and society and, every time this scripture comes to mind,
What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Mark 8.36
I choose Jesus! I want “faithful servant of the most high God” on my resume today – that’s what counts. When all is said and done…
HE ALONE IS WHO MATTERS!
Yes, I worked for the Donald, but now I count it all as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3.8
Do you know Him?
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