Several of the folks I work with lost their jobs recently. We all go through or see this at some time or another in our career but it was even more sad for me this time because I liked all of these people a lot, and now I will no longer see them everyday, interact with them, hear about their families, their struggles, their life. It’s always tough when this happens in the workplace, especially when it is not necessarily based on performance but based more on business conditions of the industry that you are in.
I’ve personally been through losing my own job before as well (I was told my “services were no longer needed” after almost 20 years with the company). Although I understood clearly why it happened (our business was in a year after year decline due to market conditions) it is still difficult to go through nevertheless.
When it happened to me, I was able to keep a good attitude – but I was not happy about the decision either. Based on the way things were going in our business I had anticipated something like this would come around at some point. Nevertheless, I had 30 minutes to clean out my office and was immediately looking for new employment. It puts a shock to your system even if you are anticipating it is going to happen.
Back at my current office, I witnessed the attitude of a Real Christian Businessman in action. Several people I know who lost their jobs were not bitter, yelling or mad at the entire organization for what had happened to them. Now several were, don’t get me wrong, but many had a great attitude that only honored God in what they were doing.
One of my friends in particular that lost her job was very appreciative for all the years that she had worked at our company, and even though she was the one who was unemployed said she was praying for me! Wow, how humbled I was to find a Real Christian Businessman attitude like this in action. How God honoring was that? Attitude can be everything to a Real Christian Businessman.
My reminder to you today is not only to be thankful for the current job or business you are currently in or own, but think about what your attitude will be when things go south or your position is “deleted”. How will you act?
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col 3:17 CSB