When you’re jobless and actively searching for work, there’s no feeling worse than thinking about the leads and the time you’ve spent over the past three weeks cultivating potential jobs. But, of course, after you’ve cultivated and have no fruit to show for it, you’re left sitting in front of your computer, staring aimlessly at similar ads you’ve already applied for. The feeling is a perfect blend of nausea, disappointment, resentment, and loss.

Today was one of those days when I thought I was worthless, unemployable, and had nothing to offer the working world. Today was one of those days when I shoved my face straight into my pillow and tried to suffocate the feelings of anxiety and worthlessness. Today was just one of those days when the losers outpaced the winners, as they say in stockmarket lingo.

On a rating of 1 to 10, today was probably a 1 or a 2. Nothing could kick-start a re-balancing of my internal mood; no momentum could sway my negative outlook towards the median.

Being unemployed is probably the hardest and commonest situations a person faces in the developed world. Yes, divorces and deaths are probably worse situations to go through, but being unemployed for longer than expected and intended does immense damage to a person’s confidence levels and psyche.

So if you’re reading this because you’ve typed in the words “jobless” or “unemployed” into a blog search engine, well, you’re not alone. There are millions of people around the world who are unemployed, and there are always people who are worse off than you are. Don’t despair. God knows your situation and he cares about you.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. AndĀ the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4:6)

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