Employment. Unemployment. So much in those two words. So many people have gone through this experience especially in the last two years. I think back twenty years ago – more like thirty years ago. An older woman in her mid 50s had to come back to work as a Medical Technologist in Galveston. She had been out of the work force for 30 years and was recently divorced. In the arrogance of my youth, I thought this would never happen to me. When I applied to use my Medical Technology degree after 30 years away from the “bench”, I thought about this lady.
Friends and accountability partners are important to keep you on track and encourage you in the daunting search for work. It is my friends that have not been employed or have been employed only part-time for decades that really face the lack of opportunities. They made the right decisions, but now are facing with their partners, employment into their 70s because of the economy.
Unemployment is not for sissies. It is draining, takes a toll of your ego, and most importantly harms your finances. I have tried networking, internet searches Linked-In, connecting to old colleagues and yet nothing. Is it age? Is it work history? Is it the economy? Is it location? Is it me?
The most important thing for me to do has to be – prayer. Consistently look for God’s promises in scripture. “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a future and hope.” ” Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. And all these things shall be added unto you.” ” For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Remembering all the times that God has provided for me in the past and trusting in His timing and future.