Being unemployed on Thanksgiving isn’t fun. In that I am without a job today myself, I wanted to showcase a great piece – by an insightful woman who was in the same situation herself (on Thanksgiving) not too long ago.
Lauren L. Moy captures well the emotions which are typical when a person is in a ‘jobless at the holidays’ storm. She offers ways, tactical and faith-based, to best battle this storm too.
Never loss sight of who your Real Boss is! (Hint: It’s the one you worship Sunday mornings, NOT the one you’re used to seeing on Monday mornings) Trouble don’t last always.
Moy states that:
” . . . the ultimate way to beat the job search blues is to remember that as Christians we have our identity grounded in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We are unconditionally loved by the God of the universe. His love for us is not dependent on our performance or employment status. Our security and significance are in Christ, not in our occupation. I am secure in His love (Romans 8:35-39); I am His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10); I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).
We are Christians first and then whatever occupation second . . . Maybe I believed this in my mind but I struggled to believe these biblical truths in my heart.” [Emphasis added]
Read Moy’s full post (Unemployed at Thanksgiving).
Lauren Moy is a professional, certified Career Coach with over 20 years of human resources management and coaching experience. She offers a candid and inspiring perspective on a situation that too many Christians, like me, are in today.
- Millions are unemployed today, Thanksgiving. Some will return to the workplace before Christmas. Some will not. If you are jobless today, remember ‘you are amazing no matter what‘! (prior post) Like a fine BMW parked in a luxury dealer’s lot, not being sold doesn’t lessen it’s value. Know you are the ‘ultimate working machine’ – and a child of God!
- If you have a job, be thankful you do – and pray for, and encourage, those who do not.
- I thank the Pathos Faith and Work Channel (Joe Carter post) for helping me discover this insightful piece.
SCRIPTURE (from Moy’s article)
- I am His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
- I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
- I am secure in His love (Romans 8:35-39)
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”). No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The NLT version of scripture has been provided.
Even if you have a job, consider sharing this post with a friend or relative who doesn’t have a job today. Let them know they’re not alone and that there’s hope. Trouble don’t last always!
Happy Thanksgiving. Grace, mercy, and peace to you.
Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way, 11/26/2015
Photo credit, Building Trades Unemployment Insurance Rally, AFL-CIO: Bernard Pollack/flickr (CC BY 2.0)