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Character forming.

Two words to summarize this week’s work week.

My first week at work was one of simple and straightforward tasks on the job. There isn’t much room for creativity when you’re simply entering data into a company database. But I think the lessons were still clear: keep your eyes on things above.

I realized that I’ve transitioned (temporarily, at least) from unemployment to underemployment. Yes, I have a job where I’ll earn a paycheck, but perhaps the tasks and responsibilities are not exactly employing the skills that I already possess, and I have yet to expand any set of skills. Of course it’s only the first week at work, and I think I’ll be doing much more than what I’ve just done. Yet I think it’s interesting to see that unemployment, underemployment, and meaningful employment all lack meaning when your eyes aren’t on things above.

When you’re unemployed, you think that God’s abandoned you, or that He’s not listening to your careful and sometimes tearful prayers. That’s not true, is it? He’s always there (Yahweh), shaping us, nurturing us, sustaining us, providing for us, and caring for us. I am so thankful that He provided for us during the last few months.

 In terms of being underemployed, I think this is similar to being unemployed in that one needs to one simple thing: trust God. The sculpting hands of God does wonders when it comes to being able to do something in a godly way, especially if it’s menial or boring, and to do it in a way that brings glory to God. Waiting for God to provide a job when you’re unemployed, and faithfully carrying out our tasks while we’re underemployed, are two very similar things.

So if you’re experiencing unemployment or underemployment, I think the key to getting through this season is to remember that your employer is God above, not Joe below. Are you working for a salary that is well below your expectations and abilities? Keep working and bring glory to God, and watch how the experience changes your attitudes. Are you doing tasks that seem suitable for a bunch of well trained chimps? Keep your eyes on things above and do your “chimp work” so well that people will be amazed by your attitude (and your attitude comes from God!).

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feed them. Are  much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Matthew 6:25-27


As the title clearly explains, I finally have a job to go to in the mornings. Yes, the drought is over. Having waited what seemed like an eternity, and after kicking myself for turning down work two months ago, I am now so thankful for simply some work and a paycheque for my efforts. I know that God had provided for me and my family throughout this time, and He has shaped me in ways that I can’t articulate fully.

I start tomorrow morning and it feels nice to have work to look forward to, along with the lunches that I’ll have to pack and the mid-morning coffee snacks. I’m sure it’ll be terribly busy tomorrow, getting people’s names, understanding the functions of the job, and getting used to the pace of work.

I met the husband of Suz’s friend today, and he’s been experiencing the same unemployment problems I’ve been suffering from. Frustration, slight depression, disbelief, discouragement, anxiety and worry, not to mention a whole bunch of other emotions and psychological stabs. To make matters worse, he’s a new arrival to Canada from Turkey, and he thinks his English isn’t good enough. I completely disagreed with him, and, not just to compliment him, but to really tell him that there is absolutely nothing wrong with his English. He presents himself in a very professional manner, and he speaks precisely and thoughtfully. The only dilemma he has is the so-called “Canadian” experience, which is a reality for most new arrivals. I have a lot of faith that he’ll find work soon, although it may not be in his field or at the best salary level. But the work will give him a boost of confidence and opportunity to learn more.

Today is also my wife’s birthday, so the prospect of a job comes at an opportune time. It’s so nice to be able to celebrate her birthday together, to spend a beautiful morning at the park, to take pictures of her that will bear memories of this special time in our lives forever. She is such a beautiful person in so many ways, and I’m thankful that God has joined us together. I don’t know how I could have survived this time without her support (though I’m sure God knows that, too). She is truly a blessing from above.

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"Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel," by Laura Byrne Paquet (Fredericton:Goose Lane Editions, 2007) "The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping malls, and the Search for Home," by Pico Iyer (Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2000). "Outliers: The Story of Success," by Malcolm Gladwell (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008).

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