Oblivious to what is about to happen, the man arrives at his place of employment, as per usual. Gesturing, his boss says, “We have to talk this morning.” As superior and subordinate stride toward the former’s office, a sick feeling is forming in the pit of the latter’s stomach. A deadpan drone dispassionately informs the worker that his services are no longer needed. “Business has just been slow.”
Erubescent, but striving hard to be gracious, the newly ousted beats a retreat from the building, bidding now-former co-workers adieu. He is simultaneously relieved that the stresses of this situation are suddenly behind him, yet trepidacious about his future.
It’s possible to allow oneself to look down upon such displaced workers. “They must not have been much of an indispensable asset to their employer, hence they were let go,” or so the perception might be. And heaven forbid a layoff doesn’t land a new job quickly, even in this Obama-befouled economy, then they risk being branded bona fide deadbeats.
It goes without saying that there are some who would rather coast their way through life – lacking any real desire to wean from the public, i.e. government, teat – instead of being productive, industrious souls. Still, the majority finds themselves on the outside looking in through little to no fault of their own.
Yet a paradox comes into play in that each and every capable adult is, and should be, accountable for what happens in his or her life. However, circumstances are often thrust upon individuals in such a manner that, despite their best efforts, they find themselves in infinitely difficult situations.
With the national unemployment rate hovering at 9.2%, slightly lower at 8% here in Delaware, it would be easy, albeit wrong and oversimplified to entirely blame the economy-devastating policies of the powers-that-be, particularly Democrats and their leader Barack Obama.
It’s been said, and wisely so, that it’s not so much what happens to us in life, but how we react that matters most. This is particularly true when an environment of despair is being fomented at the highest levels, leaving the huddled masses feeling impotent and enraged. But still, the tougher the challenges, the greater the victory when one overcomes.
One can choose to wallow in despair and blame others, even those who in reality actually DO play a large role in their doleful state of affairs. Or one can recognize things for what they are, and, in spite of the forces working against them, adapt, rise above, and triumph.
At the end of the day the jettisoned must prevail over the natural inclination to feel as chaff. The inherent sense of inadequacy one experiences at losing one’s job makes the effort to find a new one all the more daunting a task. But it’s the struggle that gives the victory it’s power and meaning.
From a Christian perspective one is comforted by the fact that the Almighty, not a past, present, nor future employer, is the true provider.
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”