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Guest post from Jordan Majeau. I’ve known Jordan for thirty years. Jordan is a grad of Vanguard College, a pastor, a husband, dad, and a hotel manager. He describes himself as “an average guy who’s been blessed to know and work with amazing people.” He’s one of the finest examples of selflessness, so his favourite quote shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows him: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only one’s among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer


Victors in Disguise

I know that, “The victors write history,” but I felt like this defeat needed to be shown in a photo. The photo shows me, outside my office, in a now very empty hotel hours after I closed it.

 

Do you know that part in the movie where something happens at the last moment to give the story a happy ending? That didn’t happen for my team and me. We didn’t win. Perhaps appropriate for Good Friday – a humiliating unavoidable defeat. The dream died.

 

How does Christianity stand out from the rest? It’s a faith that records and identifies with loss. It doesn’t ask to ignore it, pretend it didn’t happen, or try to re-write history.

 

There’s a great deal that can be shared about the theological implication of Jesus on the cross. However, in recent years, the cross has been a compass for me. If you’re trying to find Jesus, look for pain, suffering, and injustice. You’ll likely find him there identifying with it.

 

So if you’re like me and you lost, Good Friday is about remembering that there is one who would say to you today, “I’m with you.”

To Be Continued

I recognize that these are sad times. Our hotel was built and designed with the dream of a hotel serving business travelers, conventions, family vacations, Weddings, Sunday brunches, friendly pub get-togethers, and taking care of those pushing themselves to maintain a healthy lifestyle in our Fitness Centre. Walking through an empty hotel outside of its purpose is heartbreaking.

While the future is uncertain, let me take a moment to let you know what I do know for sure. The world needs hospitality more than ever. Those who serve will always have a significant role and purpose. I also know that this temporary shut down is not the end of this hotel or its story. I also trust in the fact that every one of you still has a great story ahead. So when your mind is overwhelmed with the constant thought of “This is the End,” I want to encourage you to replace those four words with three more powerful ones.

“To Be Continued.”

APPLICATION: Please leave a comment  for Jordan below. Thank you. Stay home. Help others stay well.


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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 40 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring others through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and ball hockey. I'm a fan of the Esks, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

2 Comments

  • Shane Symyrozum says:

    Hey Jordan. So nice to read your articulate, and honest thoughts. Normally whenever I reply to something it is a thank you for the inspiring message etc… not here though. No minimizing your loss. What I do know, is you are a fine man, have a healthy perspective, and you’ve stared down bigger challenges than this. You will rise again, and I hope that hotel does too. When God brings you to mind, I will be praying for you my old friend. Regards, Shane Symyrozum.

  • Anonymous says:

    Well written Jordan. This whole Covid thing has made all of us step back and glimpse into Gods big picture, however not always clear, I see little twinkles now and then. I look forward hearing from you on our 5 X 5 April 26th.
    Teresa Kristel
    Barrhead Bethel.

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