Healing abuses of power

I was working for a senior partner at a large Washington law firm that was all about hierarchies and who held the most power. Getting ahead was determined by who you knew and who liked your work.

This partner was known for having a terrible temper. Anyone who disagreed with or crossed him could be fired, or at least find their career in danger. He had given me a large case to prepare for trial, and I was working long hours. Since I was doing all the work and needed this type of experience, it seemed only fair that I be allowed to present the case in court. But as the date of the trial drew near, this partner successively took more and more parts of the trial away from me. One day, he took the last piece, which meant I would not be able to take part in the actual trial of the case I’d worked so hard on.

After receiving this news, I went back to my office and shut the door. The senior partner’s actions were so unfair. But I felt there was nothing I could do. The incentive to continue working the long hours necessary to completing preparation for this trial drained out of me. I was desperate. I turned to God in prayer, asking Him to help me.

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