November 15, 2007

Unexpectedly Unemployed

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2-3, NKJV.

Just the other day, I received some very unexpected news and I was unemployed. A few hundred more people would hear the same and the coming days would not be very pleasant for those families. Despite the compensation that has been offered to these individuals, this sudden drastic change in their lives is very unsettling, especially as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah (December 4th this year) and Christmas near.

In my three years of employment with this company, I gained the following experiences:
  • How revenues and profits are generated through its transactional processing systems
  • How risks are managed across the entire enterprise
  • How the organization managed and maintained several hundred business and technical recovery plans
  • How the company tested those plans to ensure a sufficient capability of business continuity in the event of a disastrous event.

Then the unexpected occurs and I was handed a notice of termination along with some additional information, pertaining to my involuntary dismissal and I am grateful for what has been given to me from the company.

I had been through a lot this past year at work. There were challenges and struggles I had faced, disappointments too that just did not seem fair and I was looking forward to finishing this year strong and preparing for the New Year with an attitude of accomplishing more.

My involuntary dismissal has brought a number of encouraging messages from various people that I would like to share with you. I hope that their words may be a blessing to you and your life, as they have been to me, when your trial comes.

Hold fast, nothing comes into our life that God is not aware. God is taking you somewhere better. I will be praying for you. Tim K.

God is preparing you for GREAT things. He is setting you apart for His service. He does not want you to forget your calling. There is no telling what He will do for you, with you, and through you. Simply, Believe and Trust that your Creator knows what He is doing. Place your hands in His hands and He will carry you into the destiny that He prepared for you before the foundations of the world. He knew this would happen and He is not one bit nervous, so, do not be. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Again, we will keep you in our thoughts and hearts. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith. Hazel F. & Jenny R.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation, but I'm glad you're doing well. I will keep you in my prayers. Whitney P.

Well, as a person of God, I am sure you agree that when he closes a door he opens two others....I am sure he has something better and very special for you. Everything has a reason. Mercedes G.

I am shocked and extremely disappointed to hear this news. I know that your faith and studies coupled with your training will take you far... it's just a bit of sidetracking here. I also want to extend my assistance to you in any way. Please stay in touch and let me know if you need a reference, an ear, or a friend. Donna B.

Yes, count it all joy! The Master has something better in store. Priscilla H.

God will see you through and He will be your rock and your fortress. Yes, your emotions may go up and down because God did create us with emotions - however during those times He will fill you peace that passes all understanding. Joe Q.

Thank you for your message, I'm shaking my head at what goes on around here. With every door that closes an new and better one will open, stay positive. Send me your resume and use me as a reference, if I can help - I'd like to. Stay in touch and keep me advised of your progress. God love ya’. Stephen O.

Sorry to hear that brother, I know you will be OK, you’re to positive not to be. Joel L.

It's amazing how we, as Christians, face similar trials at the same time. I've been tried for the past 3 months and stretched thin but I just kept holding on to faith. I will pray for you. Rest in me, says the Lord, and I will work all things for good. Frances D.

Okay, that's not how I wanted to start my morning off. I’m sorry to hear about your job situation. But you of all people know that when God closes a door, he opens a window! I will keep you in my prayers. What a horrible time to tell people they're loosing their jobs. HUM BUG. Yolanda B.

Why settle for a job, when you can have a ministry? I will be praying that God uses this opportunity to move you into full time ministry. The world needs you. Fear not, God knows what He is doing, even if we do not. Praying that He will soon reveal to you the open door, which He has already placed before you. Praise God for this “priceless" opportunity. Holly L.

You are standing on very fertile ground my friend and the enemy knows it which is why the testing. The past few days I have been singing, "On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand." It's not the first storm and it won't be the last, but He is faithful. Nancy S.

Nancy had forwarded to me a devotional message from Oswald Chambers, which was very appropriate for me. You can read it by clicking here.

Sorry to hear about this. Boy, big business just grinds on. Well, I wouldn't worry if I were you. You are talented, trustworthy, honest, and intelligent. All the qualities so hard to find in an employee. I would hire you in a minute. Myself, I keep some of my stuff packed into boxes in my office just in case my turn comes someday. You can never tell. I am squared away and ready to ship out!! Robert M.

It was truly a pleasure knowing and working with you. I hope that someone continues to carry the torch and schedule those periodic fellowship meetings. Even though I was not able to attend all of them, every time I did, I was blessed and encouraged. My prayer is that God may continue to use you wherever you go. He knew way in advance that this was coming and He will bear you up during this difficult time. God knows all things and He sees the bigger picture. You were a light here and now God is carrying that light to shine elsewhere, where someone needs to hear and see God's love in action. Stay focused, be encouraged, and God will open up new doors for you. I will definitely keep you in my prayers. Damaris Q.

I'm sorry to hear that you were impacted because you'll be missed here. I believe that, having served your ministry here faithfully for a few years now, it is time for you to do something new and interesting. I know you have a heart for ministry and that you've been preparing for it consistently, so I will pray that you have no lack in your life as you continue towards your goals. Vernon B.

I hoped that, in a small way, I helped the situation by making sure the other staff was not around so we could ease a bit of your discomfort. I regret that I did not get to say good-bye. Abby W.

I was surprised by what happened yesterday but I'm glad to hear that you're doing well. I'm still in the habit of looking over my shoulder expecting you to come from behind and scare the daylights out of me! Laura L.

Keep trusting Him. After all, it is times like this when our faith is truly tested. I will give you a call later today. Your brother in Christ, Tim B.

I have also enjoyed knowing you and will miss you very much and want to thank you for your prayers for my son (and me), as I'm going to need a lot of prayers in 2008. Semper fi, Linda M.

You've exhibited a good deal of grace and demonstrated mercy in the note you sent yesterday - I can honestly say you're a better man than I - and I know this is the power of Christ at work in you. Let me know if I can help - even if it's to talk, and we could still do lunch in December if you're up to it - we can meet somewhere for a bite and fellowship. Jason L.

Brother Kurt, I will be praying for wisdom for you. God has great plans for you. Could this be the time to pursue the Chaplain position? I know the situations that could pop up that ugly head of concern. I had many of them when I was out of work for a year. God was and is still faithful. If you need me brother, I will be there for you. Daniel M.

I am so sorry this happened to you. I believe God has his plans all laid out for us so I am sure this is just where you are supposed to be - the door is opening on a new adventure. I will pray for you. Check Pepsi's website - close to where you where and benefits are incredible. Jen D.

That's awful Kurt. I can only imagine your disappointment at frustration to get this news, especially during the holiday season. I wish you the best of luck and am confident that a man of your caliber will have no problem finding adequate employment. If times get really difficult please let me know and I'll see what I can do about finding something at the base. Your prior service in the Corps makes you eligible for entry in the Guard. Please give me a call if I can help. Best wishes and God bless, Rob D.

I am writing you with mixed emotions. From the tone of your email, I perceive that you no longer work here which is very unfortunate. You truly have been an inspiration with your Zeal in serving Christ, which is a pure joy to see. I want to thank you for your wisdom in being our "Pastor" of the prayer group. I wish you the best during the Holiday Season and I know from my own in experience that in the midst of any storm God will always show us a rainbow. Marjorie C.

The email that I received from Damaris had this verse in closing, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2.

These words from the Old Testament are so fitting for such a distressing situation as I and many others will face in the coming days, weeks and even months. How much more do these words also apply to our lives spiritually?

Since there is very little that can be done to prepare for such unexpected news as an involuntary dismissal, a person can and should be prepared for the unexpected and untimely visit of death.

Is God your salvation? Have you trusted in His Son Jesus Christ and His death for the punishment of your sins? Are you afraid to face God in the unanticipated visitation of death, if Christ cannot be found in your life by God, or anyone else?

Last night I read a devotional message by Charles Spurgeon who wrote the following, "The cross must be carried before the crown can be worn. We must follow our Lord in His humiliation or we will never rest with Him in glory."

So the question is, are you carrying the cross of Christ in your life, to one day rest with Him in glory?

Click on either the Know Greater Love or the Are you a Good Person links on the right hand side of this page to learn what you must do to be granted eternity in Heaven.

Whatever I can do to help you learn how to walk in a new life in Christ, please let me know.

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Anonymous said...

Wow! What a fine example of a man of God you are. It's encouraging.

Anonymous said...

I just read through your site's messages from friends concerning this unfortunate life event. Their words of encouragement, demonstrating in their own way, their affection and affinity for you was really very moving. May you find strength in their heart felt words and perhaps direction.
It seems to me that you may have a calling to do far greater things, then what the shallow corporate world can provide. Listen to your
heart, its gut check time. I know your training has prepared you for any and all obstacles. Adapt, improvise, overcome.

If you do enter the ministry, I would be honored to attend.

Semper Fi,


Anonymous said...

Very encouraging words by many people who appreciate your stand for Christ. You are loved my friend and there's a friend who will always stick closer than a brother - your loving Saviour.

God Bless Kurt and you're in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about your job situation; not a good time of year for it to happen either. For my part I would say as others have, that with your positive attitude and ability; once you get in front of a prospective employer, I don’t believe you should have much of a problem getting the job you want. I myself have been enduring many trials also, and while very painful and discouraging, I am lead to draw closer to HIM. I just have this deep feeling that he is guiding me to some greater wisdom; building character and strength, I sometimes get a sensation of God revealing to me a future through his eyes for me. I have just to let go and trust HIM. I find myself in prayer more often now, calling out to HIM; or just having a conversation with the Lord for simple things. I have even had angry arguments with him; but always I know that He is my Father and loves me, and that all this is in preparation for a greater purpose and place in my life and in this world.

Bless you Kurt, see you Sunday

Anonymous said...

Hey Kurt, I'm sorry to hear about the job situation. Like all of the e-mails said, I'm sure you'll land on your feet. No obstacle too great that we can't overcome. Keep the faith, John

Anonymous said...

Mr. Sunshine,

I was sadden by the news of your "Unexpectedly Unemployment". Your work here maybe done but it will not be forgotten (by me and the way you changed my outlook on life and other things.) You are a terrific person. I am glad we spent a couple of years working together.

I wish you all the best. Please keep in touch.

I know everything will turn out great for you because HE is looking out for you. Please say a prayer or two for me and my family.

God Bless,


Anonymous said...

I totally understand what you are going through..myheart and my portion may fail but JESUS is the STRENGTH OF OUR LIFE...I truly believe HE is preparing the saints for something major...also we are going through mega-trials beyond what we have gone through before..He is getting his soldiers ready!!!I truly believe we are in end times....& u are blessed with all those are so organized!!!!!I lost my job last september 3rd, 2 months after my precious mom passed away suddenly,unexpectedly...shockingly...I am still atrophied...I am still own brothers have turned their backs, threatened me, disregard me, never phone, ignore, abandoned etc........I am just getting back to work but anything I do is commission basis there is hardly any jobs in my field designing that is not on u work to make every penny...So let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, You know the needs of my brother & you know every hair & cell on & in his body You have created him for a purpose...& Lord when Joseph was sold into slavery he stated what they meant for evil GOD turned for good!!!!SO BROTHER REJOICE READ MATTHEW 5 THE BEAUTITUDES & KNOW that you know that you know Proverbs 24:10 & 3: 5-6 hide them in your I will...& we will stand together praising HIS name & being raised as the donkey was almost buried alive he kept shaking the dirt off & walked out of the pit he was going to be buried in!!!!!!!!!ALLELUIA!!!! In JESUS BLESSED NAME,

Anonymous said...

Hay, my brotha from anotha motha!
I haven't checked my email in awhile so I'm just hearing this news about your job situation.
This truly is the season where our faith is being tested. I know that you are an incredible man of God, one of the most focused that I know. I know you follow His voice in all things, and since the Lord has a perfect plan for you, continue to trust Him. Remember that God the Father is your source and He will provide the resources you need to accomplish His will. The enemy has thrown me a few curve balls this year- my own job status is on rocky ground, and I've had a little relationship hiccup- but God has challenged me to remember His Word and His love for me in an even greater capacity. Like Abraham, who heard the Promise, and waited years to see the fruition of said Promise, we need to know that God's got us. Don't let the lies of the enemy take root in this season. Keep walking, talking, eating and breathing the Word until YOUR Promise comes to pass! Your kairos is soon to come!
Love ya, and don't be a stranger.
I miss seeing your running man dance! LOL!
Sis. Vicky