Aug
16
2011

Hope Through Tight Times

Waiting for candy at the Monument 4th of July Parade.

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.

Good lesson.

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.

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • Jillaine Wonick

    Amen.

  • Alison

    I think these lean times have forced many of us to take a good, hard look at wants vs needs. In times of plenty, wants and needs become blurred. But in times of need, we tend to take a longer, harder, look at wants vs needs and become more resourceful. If as a country, we turn away from mindless buying and get into simpler things like cooking, reading,going to the park, spending time more together as a family because of reduced entertainment budgets, not a bad thing I say.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      My feelings exactly.

  • Mybigfamily

    I have learned so much thru tough times. Have been in the position of wondering where the money is going to come from to feed my family on certain nights and God has always pulled us thru. My faith has gotten so strong. We have learned so much on how to make due with what you have and it has worked.We too have become so resourceful and come out a better person for it. 

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Isn’t that interesting? Good insight!

  • Janetkiessling

    Amen!!! We have really tighten things around here! God has really shown how! Plus, with the alot of help from some Jeub Family books – lots of things happen to make things fun yet frugal!!!!! Thank you Lord & thank you Jeub Family for sharing!! :0)

  • JAC

    Thanks for the encouraging post, Jeub Family.  In family decision-making, there are factors much more important than money.  I appreciate not only this post but your family’s perspective in general, in both your blog and your books.

  • Griffinhomepacificnorthwest

    This is so true for our family. We have always scraped by, but this year has been the most challenging. It is so easy to look at circumstances and say “if only this would happen” or “what if  we could do this” and base our happiness on those things that are dangling in the future instead of doing the next thing well, right now.