I came across an article this morning that hit home. Someone else took time to craft a meaningful piece about the loss of a job. This brought tears to my eyes as I read each line carefully, it was as if I had spoken to this person and they heard every question I’ve been asking… even my prayers.
We all know that losing a job is difficult for anyone. Whether you’ve been forewarned or not, we must trust in the Lord. History repeats itself all too often when it comes to companies downsizing, closing or even for those few individuals who are dismissed for various reasons. It’s scary to look at the list of retailers that have closed stores over the past several years. These closings tend to make headline news each time while on the other side there isn’t quite the same hype as Tesla, Mattel, Snap, Broadcom, Toshiba, HP, just to name a few, each announced their reasons to downsize their workforce. Approximately 80% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck being unable to support themselves and their loved ones if they lose their job. It’s scary to think of what people went through during the Great Depression…
It’s difficult to not lose faith. I keep asking myself what good will come from my loss of income? I look for the blessings of what will come when I’m unemployed and wonder what God may have in store for me. Are there plans for a better job? Or am I in need of learning patience, humility and faith in His plan?
I must remember to trust that God will provide and guide me through our darkest situations. He can change any bad situation into something good. He wants me to pour my heart out to Him. He wants to take my burden away.
I must remember to clear my mind of the chaos. Don’t focus on the world and the lies of Satan. He will guide me even if there seems to be no way. Standing firm in faith when the threat is real trusting that God will deliver me. I cannot sit idle, I will as for the Lord to guide me as I continue my search.
Philippians 4:19: And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
This morning as I ran with the cool winter air around me, I knew exactly what I was going to write about… as I finished my run the words were gone. Those words that formed so easily in my mind as I made my way across the trail were no more. When it’s dark and still outside, being alone with my thoughts gives way to the flow of ideas, the words come so easily even though my plan is to share with the world falls apart. This happens more often than not.
As my day moved forward, I found myself perplexed with trying to recall the amazing story that had formed in the early morning hours. Where did all of those words go? Lost as the overwhelming deadlines, commitments, tasks to complete had entered my day. Oh to be back on the peaceful trail with only my thoughts to occupy my thoughts.
The day will come soon enough when all won’t be lost…
Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
What a surprise today, one of the sweetest ladies that walks by my office every day stopped in to say thank you. She just wanted to let me know that she watches and pays attention to what people are doing around here and I’ve really impressed her with the success of my projects in the one year that I’ve been here.
My mouth was hanging open, really, it was literally open as she spoke. Her words were unexpected and caught me off guard. I did regain my composure so my mouth wasn’t hanging open the whole time… ha, ha.
She’s an older lady, very smart and kind. I speak with her almost everyday. She always has a kind word for everyone, but she doesn’t hesitate to tell it like it is either. I truly enjoy talking with her.
Her kind words were something that I needed to hear. We all need to be told thank you and that we’re appreciated. There are two things I’ve always believed. God will put the right people in my life at the right time, and for the right reasons, and He will never give me more than I can handle.
It’s so easy to fall into the daily grind that we lose focus on how others perceive us. I’m thankful that my friend took time today to share her kind words with me.
James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
We’ve all worked with that person, the one that always looks over everyone else’s shoulders, their concerned about others’ work and they’re always talking behind your back. They’re not happy with their life and chose to make the workplace their playground.
As an outsider looking in, I would never have dreamed that this one particular coworker would be this way; however, in time I learned. It started just a few months into working with this person, they would make comments about others in the workplace. I’m not one to talk poorly about another person as I don’t walk in their shoes. I was taken back by the comments but considered that possibly something was going on in their personal life affecting their emotions and judgement.
It wasn’t long before I figured out that this person isn’t happy with their life and will turn on others without reason. I was shocked to learn how my coworker had been speaking about me behind my back; no different than what they had been saying about others. It’s disappointing, and I shouldn’t have been surprised as we all know that people that have nothing good to say about others will target everyone and anyone.
I truly believe that a person who is good to others and works hard no matter what their profession will when the time is right enjoy the fruits of their labors. Those, like my coworker that chooses to spend their time being miserable will never enjoy the rewards.
Galatians 6:7-8: Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Today I woke to hear that once again innocent people have been harmed. Without warning while going about their daily routine, their lives changed forever. My heart is heavy for those that lost their lives, those that were injured, and the families and friends that are affected by others actions. Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder.
It’s difficult to wrap my thoughts around the why, the who and the how. There people in the world that spend time thinking of how to harm others, but why? To prove they can? Were these people bullied as children? Were their lives at home so miserable they carry a grudge against the world, against people they’ve never met? Who are these people? What are they about and why is their only goal in life to harm others?
Showing the world that you’re a bully and will act without compassion or lack of respect for life makes you tough?
Life is a gift, a gift from God. Our time on earth is precious, and we should not waste it pursuing trivial or petty things. He is a loving God and what we do does matter to Him. He gave His only Son for the lost, for sin, for us.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Every day I hear it, it’s real, not just words thrown around. I’m never really sure if I should respond or listen. How does it happen that one person dares to subtly hint to others of the peril they face, and not because of their actions, but due to those by others?
It’s baffling and frustrating to hold on so tight as everything begins to fall apart. No safety net, no one will know about the threat – the person doing wrong will continue their ways.
Psalms 28:7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
It’s difficult to not react, to not repay the wrong that is done to you, even when the attacks continue to come. For months I feel as if I’ve been in a battle, alone on the front facing many who believe that it’s their right to attack an innocent person as they cause harm to not only myself but so many others. Every day is a new battle, it’s tiring and it chips away at the strength it takes to champion and defend those that are innocent.
Prayer helps, it does; however, the battle continues. I’ve asked numerous times why I’m subject to this, what is it that I’ve done or what am I supposed to learn – I don’t have an answer, I only know that I’ve suffered, my family has suffered as well others. But, seeking revenge or even the thought of retaliation isn’t an option. I’ll grow through this as I must stay strong and move forward with good, not evil.
Romans 12:17-21: 17: If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.