Losing a job is difficult. Any employment termination is difficult. I’ve seen individuals that were absolutely “miserable” in their employment situation; yet they went into a deep depression when they lost a job that they really didn’t even like to begin with. Our society places so much importance on material matters that too often align with “who do you work with” or “what is your title”. Unemployment can be incorrectly interpreted as a reflection of value and even worse, the immature Christian being unemployed can be a personal stigma impacting perceived personal value.
Above all else remember that a job is what you do; not who you are! In the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, we are assured that God has plans for us… “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11. The same God that created the universe and “spoke it” into existence has made an intimate and very personal commitment to both you and me! He will work with us and He will deliver us. God always speaks truth. Press into this promise He provides!
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” 1 Cor. 9:27. I love this scripture because He means that I have to treat the “next” job search as I would any other competition. I need to train and to not consider it as a thing that many are doing; but rather an effort at which“I” need to be the best. This means training, discipline and finding priorities. It’s also helpful if you (or you and spouse/family if applicable) know the degree of change you are willing to make as a “family unit” to find a job. Will we move? Will I go back to school for additional training? Do we need to change our home, or our buying habits? Who can help me?
Jesus spoke of the Body of Christ (the Church Community) as being “one.” Who can you talk with for advice? Who can hold you accountable in your actions and your use of time? Who can hold you accountable to wasting time? We need each other, together, to realize progress and success. We need each other, together, to continue to see the good in us… even as we’re unemployed. This is a great time to join a men’s or women’s group, if you have not already.
Like all else in our fallen world, prayer is the real work. Thank the Lord for your situation and tell Him that you are thankful for all He has given you and that your love for His Kingdom is also non-negotiable.
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