Redundant, Unemployed, Valueless
In the light of experience these words feel very negative.
I am now unemployed, but sense I am hearing the gentle words of Jesus saying; you are worried and bothered about so many things, but only one thing is necessary.
Worldly thinking is often unhelpful. In work you passionately care about, there are always more things to do. If Jesus came for tea, surely he would be the most important guest you could have. You might tidy up and prepare some of your best food, perfect the X, organise the Y… Work is so worldly important and so is a good job, especially a job focussed on work for the Lord. But such work and preparation can distract from what is really important.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me! Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)
Redundant, Unemployed and Valueless.
I’m going to try Refocused, Unleashed, Visionary.
I may not have any worldly status but does God care about that? I think not. What is important is that I focus on Him. Indeed I now have more time to do so without the distraction of the middle man of work so that I can better hear and respond to the voice and direction of our loving Master. I truly admire those in busy work who manage to remain faithful and fully focussed with the Master of all.
I need to move from Martha to Mary whilst not forgetting so many blessings God had given to me, including the love of my wife Jackie. Of course I will continue to do all I can to find employment that I can manage with my health. God may even bless me with this!