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Job Cutbacks and the Stress it Creates

Working in just about any business today is very unnerving to the ordinary employee. The economy is struggling so drastically with many going bankrupt and downsizing to survive. Unemployment continues to rise in some areas and tension is mounting in the workplace as employees fear going to work in case they might be called into the office and given their walking papers.

I know of one person in particular that has gone through four jobs in the last year and a half due to this very thing. We will call him Fred. Fred had one of the most wonderful jobs and he was very happy there. He had been there about a year and a half and had just received a promotion a few months back. He had several friends there and was a very well liked employee.

One day Fred came to work and his supervisor told him the company was holding a mandatory meeting. At the meeting they were told the company was going under and would have to lay off approximately 80 percent of their employees. Fred was devastated. His supervisor offered him a month of severance pay and sent him packing. After putting in his resume with several job search businesses he went to the streets looking for a job. Fred was not okay with drawing unemployment however he did sign up to prevent disaster from not paying his bills. Fred was a little panicked but knew his mother was a prayer so he called her asking for her prayer of faith for him to find a job right away.

As always God came through and within a matter of a couple of months Fred had landed a decent job. Granted it was a temp job which is what you usually get in the bigger cities while they decide if they want to keep you or not but it was a job. These companies found they can take advantage of the unemployed by offering temp jobs with the promise of hiring after three months eluding paying benefits as they would a full time employee. This also saves them from hiring a person and spending all the money on training them along with benefits and then having them not work out. It is a win-win for both parties if you think about it.

Well Fred jumped right into the job and before long he had been offered a raise for doing such a good job and being extremely reliable. Two more months went by and Fred was hoping to be called in any day and offered full time benefits and a full time position. Another month went by and still no offer. Fred was getting discouraged so he made an appointment with the supervisor. The supervisor explained they were struggling and wasn’t sure if they would be able to offer him a full time position yet as they were financially unstable at this point and he wasn’t sure what the administrators were going to do.

Fred decided to hang in there but in the mean time he was back out looking for a job that would be more secure and pay benefits. While he had landed two interviews he had to ask off for one and deciding to do the right thing he told his supervisor what was going on since they didn’t live up to their end of the bargain giving him a full time position after three months he thought they would understand. Guess again, they fired him on the spot. Now he was back on unemployment and no immediate pay coming in for two weeks. The job inteview went well however he would have to wait for the rest of the applicants to be interviewed before he would get an answer.

Once again Fred called home inlisting his praying mother to for fervent prayers on his behalf. Fred’s mother gave him some scriptures to stand on. Phillipians 4:19 confession: My God shall supply all my needs through His riches in Glory. Fred’s mother puts all the scriptures in first person like this to pray as a confession building faith in the process. She gave this scripture to Fred conveying to him to confess this scripture over himself everyday as he thought about it. She wanted Fred to learn the scriptures for himself so he could build up his faith in the process and learn to depend more on God and His Word then mom. She also gave him another scripture to dispel his anxiety. II Peter 4:7 I cast all my anxiety on Him, because He cares for me.

In a week’s time Fred had two job interviews and was upbeat looking forward to another opportunity.

Fred landed a job right away and yes it was another temp job. This job was quite different from any job he had landed. He would be doing accounts receivable for this company and the paperwork was new and a little challenging but he was up for the challenge. After two months in the job his supervisor called him into the office telling him what a great job he was doing letting him know it was tax time and there would be a big load of tax preperation put on him and several other workers as the jobs were piling up and many could not keep up with the load. They were demanding that they complete a certain amount of jobs before they would be allowed to leave for the day. They would be working weekends as well. Fred was not happy about this but decided he would be a good sport. How hard could it be. With seven jobs to get done he found himself still working on number five at 11:30 at night and was expected to stay until they were all completed then get up and do it again the next day. This went on for almost two weeks and Fred began to crack. He was missing out on singing on the worship team on Sunday’s not to mention getting filled with the Word from the minister. This was getting Fred discouraged and stressed out to the max.

Once again Fred called mom and was about to have a breakdown. " I can’t do this anymore. I have been working until 1:00pm or 2:00pm each night and getting back up to begin again at 8:00 am in the morning and I can’t handle it. Mom didn’t think this was follow good labor practice so she checked out the labor laws for the state and found out they can pretty much do whatever they want. Wow, what a let down. She advised Fred to hang in there but to put feelers out for another job as this was insane and would eventually give him a breakdown as God intends for us to also rest to restore and He would never expect us to work at a job where we didn’t have opportunity to rest and hear the Word. In fact He talks about that in the book of Proverbs.  Mom pulled out from her bag of tricks pulling another scripture from the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes me truely rich and adds no sorrow to it. Fred was advised to take this scripture like medicine three times a day along with previous scripture. Mom told Fred to sing praises to God even when he didn’t feel like it and God woud see him through this. Mom also lifted Fred up in her prayers when she met with the Lord in the morning. Mom depended on her God. She spent time with God first thing every morning. This was the best part of the morning.

Within two days Fred called mom and said he had heard from a friend of a job with another company but he would have to interview right away and he would have to take off work to do it. He knew that they wouldn’t let him off work to do this but at this point he was so downtroddin he didn’t care and told him he had an apoinment he had to be at and took off regardless.

He interviewed and right away he had a very good feeling about this job. The people were wonderful and treated him very well. They hit it off right away. Fred would have to train for this job and then he would be able to start right away with benefits and full time work. He was estatic. The prayers worked. Fred looks back on that time in his life now and is very thankful that he had a praying mom and the good sense to listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance on what to do.

Stress can be beat but we must give our cares to the Lord. He will answer all our prayers. Lean on me says the Lord and I will give you rest. My Yoke is easy and My burden is light.