For several years I directed a missions organization that partnered with ministries around the world working to reach people with the love of Christ. Many were reaching out to impoverished communities and trying to improve the lives of the poor with diverse methods and varying levels of success. I learned a lot during those years and spent hours brainstorming about the most effective way to help the materially poor.Why does it seem that poverty is such an endless cycle for some people? Why does the man I help one week need to keep asking me for money month after month? When I give a needy person something, am I really helping them in a time of need? Or, am I simply enabling and encouraging the poor life choices that brought them to this point?
I talk with people every week who are unemployed or underemployed and seeking direction. If you are in that position, finding a steady job should be one of your highest priorities. You need to be willing to consider both short and long term options while seeking to care for yourself and, if applicable, your family.
Proverbs 6:6-11 tells us to be hard-working like the ants. Colossians 3:23 says that whatever we are doing, we should work at it with all our heart as if working for the Lord and not for people.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)
Read Philippians 4:8, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT)
Matthew 10:29-31 says, “What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
James 1:2-4 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." (NLT)
You may have skills in a particular area, but don’t be too picky about where you work temporarily. You never know when a less than desirable job may lead to a few promotions and a great career! Regardless, you may need to “settle” for a less than desirable job temporarily to make ends meet until you can get connected with the job you would rather have. Don’t wait for that perfect job to drop in your lap, start doing something now!
That’s a fancy way of saying: be willing to work at more than one job for a while! It could mean taking two or three part time jobs temporarily. Or, you might need to take a low-paying job and supplement the income with some odd jobs or contract based work. If you have skills in a particular area but cannot find steady work in that field, take an unrelated job that helps pay the bills and market your skills to appropriate companies as a contract or part time resource. This “moonlighting” work may get your foot in the door for a permanent position or help you make connections that lead to a job somewhere else. At the very least, it will keep your skills sharp and give you added experience for down the road.
Some people view work from home jobs as a chance to get rich quick. Understand now that this does not happen! Working from home does not mean less work and it does not make you rich quick! What it can do is provide a modest amount of supplemental income when no other regular work is available.
Avoid jobs that require you to spend money in order to apply or join. It’s one thing to invest a small amount of money in tools or resources needed to get a job done, it is another thing to pay a business that will supposedly end up paying you. These are often scams, so always do your homework, check references, and stay away from opportunities that ask you to “buy in,” “invest,” or pay to become a small business owner. While these are not always fraudulent, most people end up losing more money than they make with these types of jobs.Have any other tips or advice for those looking for work? Add your comments below!