Televangelist Jim Bakker is one of the more prominent Christian evangelists, but he is not the only one who writes letters to his bosses.
His former colleague Dr. Robert W. McChesney, a cardiologist, also wrote letters to the head of his insurance company, a dentist and an accountant.
In a recent article for the New York Times, McChesny said his letters to employers are a reflection of his personal relationship with God.
“In my letter, I give an indication of how much I think of God,” McChesnysaid.
“When I see my boss, I see that he is praying for his employees, and I feel that way.
He is praying that he has not lost faith in his God.
I don’t see my job as the place to tell him how much he needs to improve.”
McChesneys letter to his employer reads in part: I write to express my deepest gratitude for the opportunity to serve you.
I am humbled by the opportunity you have given me to work for you.
The more I have worked, the more I am able to appreciate the people, the greater the opportunity that you have presented to me.
I have also learned that I have a special gift for people and people have a greater gift for me.
You have given my family and I the gift of life.
My family and me are truly blessed.
Your family and mine have been blessed.
You know, my son was born a few weeks ago and I am so proud of him.
The family and my daughter, I think it’s pretty clear, we were not blessed.
We are very thankful.
I thank you for being so wonderful to me and your children.
We love you.
God bless You, Lord.
McChedney said his writing style has changed since he left his job at the insurance company in the early 2000s.
“I started to look at my writing style more in terms of my relationships with God, which I had lost over the years,” McChedny said.
Your office is my life. “
McChesneys letter to a dentist said in part, I wish you and your staff could be in my thoughts.
Your office is my life.
I would not be where I am today without you.
It is where I get my strength.
I love you and I want you to be blessed and to be loved.
It’s a beautiful way of saying, ‘Thank you for doing what you’re doing.
“It’s an opportunity to say thank you, but also to be a person of service, and to serve as an example to others and to people that we are all made in the image of God.” “
McChedns letter to an accountant and a dentist both said in the letter, My heart is full of gratitude for your blessings and support. “
It’s an opportunity to say thank you, but also to be a person of service, and to serve as an example to others and to people that we are all made in the image of God.”
McChedns letter to an accountant and a dentist both said in the letter, My heart is full of gratitude for your blessings and support.
I know it has been difficult to lose you, and you have done so with grace.
God is with you.
He has chosen you to lead this wonderful organization.
He does not always see things that way, but He loves you.
You will be blessed, and God bless you.
McChennys letter to the CEO of a dental practice was similarly reflective.
“My heart is so grateful for you and for your blessing in the life of your organization.
You are a wonderful example to all of us.
And I want to give you a big thank you.
This organization has done so much for us.
You’ve helped us to have the best dental practices in the world.
You keep your doors open, and there’s a lot of good people in this building who want to see us succeed.
You’re very generous, and it shows,” McCheney wrote.
McChenys letters to some of his former co-workers included: I have lost my faith in God.
God, please bless me.
It has been very difficult to hear the stories that you tell about how much you’ve loved and supported you and how much your church has helped you.
But, as we’ve heard from people in my life, it was always God who told them, “I love this person.”
And, He has told me over and over again, I love them too.
You can tell by my letters to my co-worker that he loves him and is blessed.
The way you look at your job is important.
And, God has called you to serve people in your community, and that’s really what I was asking for.
But God has also told me, “You can do more.
You want to serve more people, and so can I. And it’s just a matter of time.”