Michigan has endured one of the highest unemployment bouts in decades, mostly due to the collapse of the auto industry. Michigan is not alone, however, as families across the United States have struggled with unemployment. Chances are, either you or someone you know has had to make ends meet during the past several years with less income than normal. This article discusses the opportunities God provides by surviving such hardship.
First of all, God makes us stronger and more determined. When parts of life, such as a high salary, are taken away, it allows us the chance to reflect upon our goals in life. Just like building on the rock versus the sand, actually moving our focus to solid choices in life whether financial or otherwise makes us stronger. Struggling gives us the chance to improve, whereas prior to the struggle, apathy or a comfort in circumstances may have afflicted many.
Secondly, living with less helps us refocus on living within our means. Whether becoming unemployed and receiving unemployment benefits, or changing from a dual to single income family, the choices become more difficult. The reward, however, is the financial challenges force us to prioritize our lives and what we purchase. This could cause some to reign in frivolity and purchase items with deeper meaning or substance to them.
Third, although certainly not last, is that having less income from being unemployed means that we can spend more time with our family at home being creative. Entertaining ourselves with make-believe or simple arts and crafts expand the imagination. Playing ball or throwing the frisbee are free and encourage physical activity. These times also encourage people to become active in their community, enjoying many of the free events that occur locally.
Although being unemployed is never fun, the benefits that God provides may at least put a silver lining on the dark cloud.
What do you think? Are any of these blessings for you in a time of unemployment? Please comment below.
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