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Blessed with A Better–Paying Job

 

On 13 January 2016, I was retrenched from the company I had been working in for almost five years. To be honest, I was so excited as I was already thinking of leaving the company. Since I was retrenched, I received a severance pay which was five months of my salary. Nonetheless, I was aware that the money would eventually run out if I couldn’t find a job in time.

But I was so thankful for our church’s theme of the year which was “Possessing Our Possessions”. This gave me hope to believe the Lord would bring me to a new land (job) that is overflowing with milk and honey.

I started to look for a job online. Two months passed, and there was still no good news. Though there were a few job interviews that came along, nothing materialised.

Disappointments and fears began to set in when my wife told me about the amount of money we had left in our bank account. At that time, we had incurred quite a bit of expenses as we had just purchased our house and bought some furniture.

There were nights when I couldn’t sleep because there were so many things running through my mind, but I am thankful for having a wife who kept reminding me that the Lord is our provider and not me.

To be honest, waiting was very tough. The only thing I could do was to wait for doors to open. It was also a season when I had to strengthen my faith and fill my heart with God’s love, believing that He delights in me and that He is always for me. When feelings of disappointment came, I would remind myself of His goodness by meditating on His Word and confessing it aloud. During this time, Psalm 23 came alive to me.

Finally, when the third month came, I received a job offer! I could tell that it was the hand of Daddy God working for me as I did not possess the skills that my new employers were looking for.

They even gave me a higher position even though the recruitment was for an entry level position. As a result, I got an eight per cent increment from my last drawn salary!

This year is really the year where I possess my possessions! Not only did I become a house owner, I also received a new job! To God be the glory!

 


The writer has requested anonymity.

Tags:

  • prayer
  • job search
  • favour
  • career

 


 

Receiving His Grace in The Area of Weakness

 

Pastor Prince has shared in his messages that he used to stutter when he was in his teens, and his classmates would laugh at him. But God uses the area of his weakness to spread the gospel now. Through his testimony, he encouraged us that our disqualification is the very area where God’s favour can flow. (2 Corinthians 12:9—10)

I strongly identify with it. When I was in kindergarten, I used to get zero for my spelling tests all the time. And I did not just get zero, I would repeatedly write my first name, middle name and last name on each line of my exercise book, as my name was the only thing I could spell. My mum was called in to speak with the teacher numerous times, as I could not write anything else other than my name during spelling sessions.

When I got into primary school, I still failed my spelling tests all the time, and I barely passed English during the crucial Primary School Leaving Examinations. But now, I am a PhD holder in Communication Studies, and writing is part of my job.

I believe that it is through God’s grace that my weakness is the very area where His favour has flowed. I thank Lord Jesus Christ for the plentiful supply in my very area of disqualification today. Amen!

 


The writer has requested anonymity.

Tags:

  • favour
  • transformation

 


 

Prayer for Job Answered

 

I left my job of more than 10 years in October 2015. I was asked to leave because of some bad life choices and mistakes made. I was holding a relatively senior position in the company but had not been promoted for a couple of years due to poor performance.

I felt quite defeated and ashamed of my circumstances but I knew I had no one to blame but myself. Over the next couple of months or so, prior to me leaving the company, my church team leader prayed with me for a good outcome. He and a couple of my friends stood in faith with me that things would turn around.

I was still asked to leave but there was grace in the situation. Instead of making me to leave, my supervisor gave me the option of tendering my resignation. On top of that, she extended my stay just so that I could be given my 13th month bonus.

After I had left the company, I spent about a week resting at home. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and felt numb inside. I continued to languish for about another week or so before I started to ask God what I should do in my situation. Somehow, I decided to apply for temporary jobs to tide me over until I find a permanent one. After what had happened, I was wondering if I could even find a permanent job since I had no desire to go back to my original line but had no experience in anything else.

The next morning after sending out my applications for temporary positions, I was asked to go for an interview and a week later, I was offered a one–month position as a customer service officer and receptionist at an educational institution.

Though happy to have landed myself a job, I was also slightly ashamed that I was taking on such a position and at a small fraction of my previous pay, but I thought to myself, I should be thankful I even found any job at all.

Well, my one–month temporary job offer turned into a three–month stint when the company extended my stay. I found that I enjoyed what I did and was good at it. Through the job, I met really nice people and regained some self–esteem. It also taught me to be grateful and thankful for simple things and to be humble.

After my stint at the company came to an end in February 2016, I started to worry about what was going to happen next. I tried not to worry by reminding myself that God would provide. The constant encouragement from my friends and leader also helped.

One Sunday, while waiting to start serving in church, a team leader prayed for us and shared that God would provide a job by the end of the month. Though I wasn’t really paying attention, this statement stood out to me.

On 1 March 2016, I started a four–month contract job as a customer service officer in a legal firm. Again, I found that I enjoyed what I was doing. Towards the end of my contract, the Human Resource Manager asked if I would like to stay on as a permanent staff but I turned down the offer as I didn’t want to continue in this line.

Coincidentally, at the same time I tendered my resignation, I learnt that one of the legal secretaries had also tendered. I had fleeting thoughts that maybe I should consider her position but reasoned against it since I had already turned down the first offer and had zero experience in secretarial work.

Well, it seems like God had other plans. In one of my Human Resource Manager’s usual check–ins on my job search, I casually mentioned to her that I seemed to like administrative work. She then asked me if I would consider taking on the legal secretary job.

Well, to cut a long story short, I was offered the position of a legal secretary the next day after going through a formal interview with the firm’s partner. On top of that, the salary was close to my original salary — and all these were given to me even though I did not have one iota of experience!

 


RL

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  • job search
  • career