Encouragement for the worker

Searching for work can feel like you're reaching into a void. Sometimes you hear back with a yes or no, other times you don't hear anything at all. How do you keep from feeling so discouraged?

There's a lot of us struggling with this right now. Some of us have lost our jobs, are on temporary unemployment, or probably overworked as an essential worker. For me, I work in freelance so my workload can sometimes fluctuate depending on the demand or project timeline but I still search for work.

I have to remind myself that my work is profitable. I have to remind myself of how hard I've worked, the time I've spent in school, the time I've spent doing research, the time I've spent crafting and honing my skills, the investments I've made. I have worked so hard and I know that I have something great to offer. Yes, my work is not my worth and my success does not define me, but I still have work that is profitable.

Proverbs 31:18 (ESV) says "She perceives that her merchandise is profitable..." Your work is profitable. We can't forget that.  Don't sell yourself short. Don't just settle where you're at when you know you have something great to offer.

God tells us that He rejoices when He sees us start something! It says in Zechariah 4:10 (NLT), "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..." What is your small beginning?

Rejoice with Him! A small beginning is still a start and it has to go somewhere. Believe in yourself, believe in your work.

We all have a place to start. This time right now is great for networking. People are in their homes and some with plenty of time on their hands, call them up! Ask to learn about the culture of their company, get to know what it's like to work where they are, and remind them that you are available.

If you find yourself feeling discouraged know that you are not alone. I have to pick myself up to get back to searching and networking from time to time as well. It isn't easy but I keep my eyes focused on the Lord's promises of providing for His children and I remember that He is aware of my needs and works to fulfill them. He knows your needs as well and He will fulfill them.

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