10 lessons, peeves, and eye-openers I've learned during our layoff...
I hope none of you have to face a hardship anytime soon. It is not only challenging, but emotionally draining as well. In this short time frame, I have already learned a few life lessons, created some pet-peeves, and most importantly have witnessed God's blessings. Whether it is a job layoff, or another struggle in life, may these principles help you in your journey.
1. Expectations. It's simple, keep them low. When your expectations aren't met, don't count it as a failure. With each door closed, another one will open, getting you that much closer to the end result.
2. Guidelines. Throw them away. Many of us create a list, outlining our ideal outcome. Disappointment often comes when those guidelines aren't met. Live each day for what it is.
3. Persistence. The early bird really does get the worm. Don't wait for the job or solution to come to you. Be a go-getter.
4. Purpose. Know who you are as an individual and what you are capable of. Your life has a purpose and it is up to you to fulfill it.
5. Remember. Once you are back on your feet again, remember to offer help to others during their time of struggle. Don't wait for them to ask for it. Pride is huge in people, and often it can feel degrading to ask for help. In the end they tend to feel alone. Also, during a hardship most people will say, "I'll pray for you", and leave it at that. Guess what? Offering a simple meal or social interaction can go a long way for a family facing financial struggles. Vow to remember that feeling, and in return help others in need.
6. Focus. Remember, don't blame God for your struggles. He is not your enemy during all of it. He is on your side! Run toward Him, not away from Him. As easy as it is to get angry at Him for allowing your struggle to happen, look for the new life lessons you can learn from it all. Then, use those lessons to make you a stronger person, and deepen your relationship with God.
7. Prayer. Pray again and again. Then, be silent as you wait upon the Lord. You can't hear God if your not in daily contact with Him.
8. Trust. Trust that God has a plan way bigger than yours. Trust that He will see you through it, and never leave your side.
9. Lessons. Use each moment during your struggle as a teachable time for your children. Not only are they watching to see the outcome, they are soaking in each and every reaction you put forth. Take time to talk with them, and include them in the situation, so that they too may learn how to face and then conquer challenges in life.
10. Persevere. Refuse to give up. With each obstacle thrown in your path, during your journey, remember it is just a small hurdle to a much bigger blessing to come. Be patient and rest in the fact that God is leading you.