Tagged: The 'In Courage' Newsletter
September 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm #3745
The ‘In Courage’ Newsletter — Accepting the Axe
Gain insight into what happens after the severance. Develop coping skills for moving on.
This week at Career Transition Workshop: “Accepting the Axe”.
First reaction? Yech! An axe, really? The thing is, if you’re suddenly pushed from “employed” to “unemployed”, maybe a real axe doesn’t sound all that bad.
The good news is this: Where your head is can make a giant difference. And that is one place where Career Transition Workshop can be a huge help. It’s true that your attitude — how you see things — determines everything about how things go for you. Everything? Yes, pretty much. I know that, if you believe something cannot be done, it’s no longer possible to see a way to do it, even if it’s right in front of you.
Here’s how it was: I was unemployed, and mad at me, and my old boss, the car, the cat, and even God caught me rolling my eyes at stuff he’d more than just once. (I eventually forgave everyone.)
I knew the Bible was true, but I didn’t feel even one ounce of it. I’m no tough guy, and I’m no optimist. I’m a realist, and I REALLY know God is right about this stuff. So for the first three months of job-hunting, it went like this: My eyes pop open, and it’s a RACE. Which will happen first?
a. I’ll get through reciting all of Romans 8:28?
b. I feel the cold, dead hand of I’m-out-of-work-in-2009-and-scared-to-death clawing at my heart.
Alarm goes off — GO, GO, GO!
“And-we-know-that-God-causes-all-things-to-work-together-for-the-good – – -”
BAM! Oh my God — I got no job!
“ – – – for those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
(You bet I’d finish it!)
I was running out of money, and I didn’t “feel” any of the strength that I ought to be getting from that verse. But I repeated it, and acted on it — which, for me, meant getting up on time and getting busy on a full strong day of finding work.
That Bible verse didn’t tell me to lay back and God’ll do something. It told me God was already doing something — and it was time for me to get after it too. So I’d better get en-couraged and start living in-courage. Faith helped me to set a course to a place I could not see, by a road I could not feel, finding a way to do what needed doing, whether or not there were any feelings of bravery involved.
Come on out to CTW on Thursday. We want to encourage you, inform you, and inspire you — starting now.
Next Week: “Career Choices and Consequences”
Learn basic decision models designed to simplify the complex choice of “now what?”
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Funny saying? It made sense to Solomon, so let’s run with it. Back in Biblical times, a “king” was someone who exercised authority over country and people, and searching out a matter — figuring out what to do about something — was more than just a big deal; it was a crucial job requirement!
Your “kingdom” may be much smaller than Solomon’s, but you may have more authority than you imagine. Visit with us next week, and find out just how much more authority you have.
That’s it for this week. And may the God of hope fill you with hope!
All the best,
Career Transition Workshop
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