“A hard worker has plenty of food.” Pr 28:19 NLT Even in a bad job market, “good help is hard to find.” So when employers find it they do all they can to keep it. Even in a long economic downturn there are still practical rules that increase the likelihood you’ll keep your job, and maybe earn a promotion. These rules line up with what’s taught in God’s Word: (1) Understand that hard work is a blessing. God created paradise, then He created us. Then He put us to work, saying, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food” (Ge 3:19 NIV). God rewards “sweat” (See Pr 28:19). Giving your job, even a menial one, your best, pleases Him. And ultimately He, not your boss, controls your future. (2) Accept reality. Wishing away your present circumstances while feeling entitled to better, will just make you feel worse and get you nowhere. Our “God [turns] the curse into a blessing” (Dt 23:5 NIV). He gives “beauty for ashes” (Isa 61:3 NKJV). In hard times God raises up people with fresh ideas that actually make the future better than the past—not only for themselves but for others. And you can become one of those people. (3) Make God your source. “I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go” (Isa 48:17). Make God your life coach. Give your boss the hard work he or she deserves, but trust only in the One Who promised to “use his wonderful riches…to give you everything you need” (Php 4:19 NCV).
Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 8:15 AM CDT