Times are tough. You may find yourself in a bad situation. I want to encourage you, but I can only do so at the risk of sounding crass at first.
I have several friends who are experiencing the most financially difficult time of their lives. (Heck, my situation isn’t all peachy either.) Several months ago I spoke with a good friend who lost his job. He was previously pulling in over $100,000 per year and, for the first time in several years, he and his family had to think about how they spent money. He was falling into depression over it.
My advice? In so many words: “Tight finances aren’t the end of the world. Could be worse. Take advantage of the time you now have at home, pull your ideas together, make a game plan for your family.”
I knew my friend. He was open to the advice. He was no dummy and I knew he would be a gem to any employer who could use his talent. I knew he wouldn’t be unemployed for long, but he would if he continued wallowing in his depression.
Today, several months later, he’s back in a promising job and things are looking up. He and I reminisced a couple weeks ago about how great his future looks, and that, actually, the loss of his former job was probably the best change of direction he could have asked for. He now looks back at the time of depression as a waste.
Hard times, tightening of the finances, stacking bills, unemployment lines — these are difficult to deal with. I don’t want to make light of these depressing realities. But these things are not automatic victors in our lives. They don’t deserve to win the battle for our time, our family life, or our optimism.
Adversity is challenging, but hope can overcome it. Times will get better. When struggling financially, the best we can do is put one step in front of another and take advantage of the gifts God has given us at the moment.
Actually, that’s not a bad situation at all.