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A foundation of trust
Many years ago, I became increasingly dissatisfied with my job. I was the sole breadwinner for my household and prayed to overcome the fear that if I left my job, my family could be adversely affected. I did have other part-time jobs to help make ends meet, but that wasn’t enough income to support my family.
I looked to the many citations in the Bible on the subject and held tightly to Isaiah 41:10: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” I prayed for many weeks about what my next steps would be. I knew that God loved everyone involved including my family, my employer, and me. I also found special comfort and encouragement in a quote from Unity of Good by Mary Baker Eddy: “… God is our helper. He pities us. He has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our careers” (pp. 3–4).
Although I did not have a new job lined up at the time, one day it became clear to me that I should give my employer notice that I would be leaving. My motives were pure, and I felt no ill-will toward my employer. I simply felt a sense of peace about my decision and that I could trust God to take me forward. My wife was supportive and felt as peaceful as I did, since we had discussed my prayers as well as my reasons for leaving the job. She was also praying for our family during this time. I pulled my résumé together and considered how to begin a job search. The next day I gave six weeks’ notice.
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