Happy Sunday Everybody!
Well, let me just first testify that I now have a new job everybody and I thank you, thank you, thank you all for your prayers!!! GOD IS AWESOME!!!!!! :D :D :D
Being jobless two weeks before Easter was pretty rough, but through this time of job searching and solitude, I learned quite a lot about myself. There were days I was battling depression and wondered if God was paying any attention. I went through a series of anger, hurt, sadness and that lasted for about two weeks straight at one point during my job search that went on for about 3 months. I knew that the season was over from my previous job, but I found myself wondering why it was taking so long to get a new job? What I realized is that God was helping me to strengthen my FAITH and my ATTITUDE. I decided to stop moping about and remain productive by working on a fundraising project that I’m doing for my church for an orphanage in South Africa. This project helped me to focus on being positive and active.
When you get depressed, you will feel like sleeping a lot or engage in activities that help you to stop thinking in order to numb the pain of feeling defeated. Stress blocks an area in the brain that helps you to plan. In knowing that stress does this, I focused my energy on choosing not to feel stressed and to operate by faith. I decided to remain positive and smile even if I didn’t feel like it sometimes because when you smile, endorphins are released that stimulate your brain, especially the planning center of your brain, and if anything, I wanted to have plans being downloaded into my head. There comes a point when smiling starts to become a natural thing and laughing becomes a booster that propels you to think happier thoughts. I found myself “faith-ing” my way back into thinking that God is on the Job. I released all the stress and tension I felt with being jobless and started to speak words of faith regarding my circumstances and believed that I would get hired.
I remember going through a series of interviews and there was one job in particular that was so promising that they even offered a second interview that went well that my hopes were so high. When I found out I didn’t get the job I was utterly disappointed, but refused to let my heart be affected to such a point that it would turn into a state of heart break.
I reasoned that the potential employer couldn’t “afford” me so that is the reason why didn’t get the job. It may sound conceited, but I’m speaking out of confidence here because I know who I am in Christ and I know my worth. I have value, and I know that I will add value to any company. If God says “no” to a company, I’m not going to argue with His decision. The very same week I got that rejection from that potential job, I also got an offer from an agency to start on a temp-to-perm job to which I accepted and have started to work there . So even though one door closed shut in my face, a better one opened up for me. What I’m trying to say here is that we cannot allow rejection to cripple our spirits to a point where we become inactive. We have to accept the circumstances and learn to jump up again and move on. The way I see it, I saw the Holy Spirit moving and shaping my attitude to be adjusted to receive the new job. If I had not learned to change my attitude on time, I would have missed the opportunity had I decided “kay sera sera, whatever will be will be…”.
Depression is an obstacle that we all have to face and will encounter in life. It can be a phase that one passes through in life and overcomes, or it can become a lifestyle if we choose to be subdued by the vices of depression. Keep your faith alive by listening to gospel music, praying, meditating and then remain active by engaging in extra activities. If you end up sleeping, drinking, or smoking (or practice any other addictive behaviour) out of depression, or find yourself trapped in a cycle where all you think are bad thoughts, you have shut the planning center in your brain by surrounding yourself with stress and negativity.
Stress inhibits your ability to plan and think creatively to get out of your depression. You must figure out what triggers your depression and create an atmosphere around you that prevents you from feeling depressed. I know that for me, staying at home alone almost drove me a little crazy, so I would ensure I did something different in my day every single day which includes going out for a walk, or visiting a place or visiting someone.
Isolation is one of the best environments for depression to thrive, so keep yourself occupied and go out often into public places. Distracting yourself from negative thinking should involve you becoming productive in your day. I found that when I walked around, many ideas kept popping in my head to enhance the way I was conducting my job search.
The end result is that God came through for me when He knew I was mentally prepared to go back to work. The way I see it is that I could have gotten a job just like that *with a snap of God’s fingers* because I know God could give me one; however, God wanted to prune some bad behaviours out of me in order to work with a new perspective about dealing with depression. I think that I’ve learned a lot through this period of what seemed like bareness of job opportunities because I remember how I once was suicidal years ago dealing with the pressure of University and work etc, but I know that this time, suicide was not an option. With God on my side, I knew that I would pull out of this and I gave Him thanks and praise everyday in advance (this is key) of receiving the job because I knew He had already prepared the way, I just needed to prepare my spirit to walk with Him when the timing was ready.
So in all of this, I say, don’t lose hope even when the times are rough. You will pull through it if you meditate on God’s Truth that is found in His Word (the Bible). God is a river through your desert situation and He will provide for you if you just believe. God is still in the miracle making business, we just have to tap into that realm to receive our just rewards. He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him so ask yourself, are you seeking Him today?
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that
He is a rewarder
of those who diligently seek Him.
I have here a video reminding us about the Ten Commandments. These Ten Commandments are what govern whether we are aligned to God’s will for our lives or not. Let us do an inventory of our lives and see if we have these things in order. If we do not, then something is amiss and we need to change our ways in order to walk in God’s divine Favor. May this Video Bless Y’all today!