“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”General George Patton
This month marks the three months of being unemployed. Honestly, I never thought that I would be in the position and that I would wait for the new doors to open. It is a fact that the job market is not like it was 10 years ago when I last was in transition. There are many great jobs available, however, they require a ton of experience and education to match. I am in that strange spot that so many people my age are in. We don’t have the experience that we need in order to get the experience we need but we cannot get the experience that we need…and the cycle goes on. It is a strange spot to be in. I know that many can attest from these dreaded words – “you lack the experience necessary to fill this position.”
I have applied for many different positions only to come up dry. So what do you do when the well dries up? Right now, I am learning the art of patience. Not that I am perfect at it – more times than not, I have questioned this situation. I have had to work on the art of forgiveness and peace. In the moments that I can be at peace and full of forgiveness, I feel that I conquer the world. Unfortunately, the opposite is true when I feel that I can’t move forward. It gets harder with time, however, I know that in the end, it will all work out for good.
When the well dries up, all I can do is wait. In that time of waiting, I have to practice three things to keep my heart at peace;
1. Watch my Mouth. Anyone who knows me can attest that I can be pretty negative with my words. If not careful, I can talk myself into a dark situation and out of hope. In Proverbs 18:21, King Solomon wrote: “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” The words I speak have the power to either create life or death. The same goes each person when the wells dry up.
2. Watch my Heart. In Proverbs 4:23, King Solomon wrote: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” It is real easy to let the issues that have caused this circumstance to guide my heart into places that it should not go. If I am not careful, I can allow my heart to dictate my mind where to go.
3. Watch my Mind. Ever have a moment where your mind goes a hundred miles a minute? If I am not careful, my mind can certainly take me places that are very difficult to overcome. When you have unlimited time, so to speak, you have plenty of time to think. If you aren’t watching what you are thinking about, you can end up losing it. The best thing to do is replace as much of the negative garbage with positive. I am not talking about some new age theology. What I am suggesting is that we take the thoughts out that are not adding to our lives and replace them with life-giving thoughts.
When the well dries up, we must take the opportunity to allow our mouth, heart, and mind to align with God’s word.
What can you or I do to get through the times of dryness?
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