Most years everybody seems to be making new goals and begins anew, but it seems that this year people are only having hindsight. Hindsight about the economy, lost jobs, and much more. God understands all the hardships we go through every day, and has personal experience going through it. But instead of looking to the past, we should look forward, as Paul stated, "One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:13-14, NKJV)
I'm not saying this sitting in a comfortable high paid position either. For just over a year I've been a chef at a high-volume off-site catering company, and with the economy what it is, business just dropped off in January and they could no longer afford to keep me on. Therefore I got laid off a week ago. With hindsight I could be depressed about the economy, losing my position, the poor outlook for jobs opening this time of year, next month's mortgage payment, and how to support my family. Instead I was asked why I looked so happy this week. Yes I'm human and am concerned about all those things, but I know that God has something better in store for me. Even if the reason is so that I can have more quality time with my family, I praise Him for it and know that He will get us by somehow. I'm excited that I can also use this time to spend working on the curriculum for the upcoming Christian Culinary School to be able to start that as soon as God opens the doors to the needed facility and finances for it.
I know many of you are feeling the economy woes, as unemployment statistics in the US have shown that the food-service industry has been one of the hardest hit. Even if it doesn't relate to that, I pray that you can have a good attitude towards anything God allows to come in your path. God knows what's going on, knows exactly what you need, and will provide it all in His perfect timing - now that's looking ahead. Tough times are a wonderful time to grow in your relationship with Christ by putting your faith in Him for a solution.
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