Friday, February 12, 2010

Christ, You Have Spoken...

Yesterday, I received what anyone could interpret as bad news. My DSST tests results came back and I passed one, and not the other. Yes, this is frustrating, but not at all surprising. I have more work ahead of me to get that all-important bachelors degree. To make matters worse, the job market in Lansing is crushingly poor. It's difficult to get a job as a pizza delivery person, much less the management consultant position I was vying for. My job prospects with a disabled car aren't exactly helping matters either. It's going to cost more to fix it than what it's worth or even what I owe on it (note to self, save for the next car, all of it. No more car payments. Lesson learned).

So what to do? When a door closes, another opens and in my case, another is to be made. The fact is that most if not all of the economy was based (and it still based) on debt. Employers frequently find themselves borrowing money to make payroll until the receipts are posted to the balance sheet. The problem comes when these payments come due and no receipts come in. Those people depending on debt find themselves out of a job. Because credit is still tight, employers are not going to have the resources to expand their operations and their payrolls. Unfortunately, this has been a fact of life at every job I've held in the past 17 years. It's like asking the banker to sign your check too. It's no way to live, or work; with the specter of all this debt determining whether or not you have a job. This part of what Jesus has to say about this whole debt thing. "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender's slave" (Proverbs 22:7).

Slowly, but surely, I'm finding this out and putting this into practice in my own life. I have a pretty good idea of what the Lord has in mind for me, but I'm not at liberty to write about it at this time. I will say that He will open a door for me and take care of me and mine while we're working at life. It hasn't been a day in the sun, but I look forward to our day in the Son. Jesus, You have spoken!

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