Monday, August 10, 2009

Worrying About The Future

Huge job losses are a primary symptom of the critical condition of our economy. Nationally, the unemployment rate is approaching 10% at the time. Michigan is nearing 16% and Oregon 13%.

The good news is that no matter how you slice the numbers a majority of Americans are still employed. The numbers show employers are still hiring and people starting up new businesses. In July, businesses in North Carolina hired 4,700 people while Mississippi hired 4,500.

Even though 90% of Americans continue working, some might be worried about job security when they watch the nightly news. The reports on proposed congressional legislation dealing with healthcare and the environment are costly. Some experts warn of a higher federal deficit and more private sector job losses.

How should the majority of Americans live who still have their job, but wonder where things are headed?

1. Be aware. Know what is happening in your industry and company.
2. Be financially prepared. Start saving up emergency funds and paying down your debts.
3. Be the best employee. Do not give the boss a reason to let you go.
4. Be not a worrier.

It is so easy to worry when we feel like we are losing control at events swirling around us. However, worrying is a choice and you do not have to choose it. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, has given us a better way. He once said, “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” (The Bible, John 14:1, ESV).

Jesus is the antidote to a life filled with selfish worry. Yes, worry is selfish. You are usually the primary subject of your worries. Most of the things we worry about never happen anyway. When we turn from self-focused life to a Jesus-focused life, He is able to bring abiding peace in a worry-worn heart. May you find hope for today in the peace of Christ.