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The Great Resignation: Are you ready to quit?

Do you know anyone who is quitting their job? Are you?

There is an epidemic of quitting to do something else, these days. Some people just want out of their job, others want a new job, and many want a new life. I was talking to a relative of mine, a few days ago, and I saw this new trend in his life. He was a manager, in a small city, but then his company downsized and they let him go. They let many of their managers and staff go, so he got a severance package. He is a young man, with a wife and two children, and he never wants to go back to his old job. That business didn’t work for him.

Now, he has a new job, and he seems to be busy in it. Possibly his salary went down a bit, but he doesn’t mind. When I visited, he showed me his room for ‘what he loved the most.’ This man loves guitars, and his basement office is now a shop to repair electric guitars. I was dropping of some old radio tubes, when I saw him.

He is also in a degree program in an online university, and he should be finished next summer. His wife has a busy home-based business, and she seems happy with it. The children seemed well adjusted and happy, as much as I could tell. Those parents treat their children like an important part of their lives, and the kids always have interesting things in their lives.

They all seem OK with the ‘resignation’ lifestyle, but it almost made my head spin. I am not ready for that fast pace. I have a job, and I like it, but now that I think about it, I lost my job in December, I worked as a contractor in January, and my employer hired me back in February. Now, with COVID restrictions, I know I could lose this job again, and probably become a contractor one more time.

I don’t like this roller-coaster. One of these days, I’m going to retire.

I’m a Christian. Isn’t God supposed to take care of me and my friends?

How do you feel about the new economy? I know a young woman who was struggling to find work, and possibly start a business, and then she just quit. She decided to travel with her girlfriend to Thailand, and that is what she did. I haven’t heard much about her experiences there, but she really wanted to travel, so she made it happen. I learned that she also emailed her boyfriend, who stayed home, and kept his job. In the email, she broke up with him.

Okay, yikes. I feel sorry for the boyfriend, but notice that she was not changing her job, she was changing her life.

Do you feel like it’s time for a change? Possibly someone higher up in the organization is making plans that will bring change, even if you don’t want it. That happened to me, and to my relative with the guitars.

There are some things that we should know, in this new resignation economy:

Change is normal, stability is not: Changes come on every life. We grow older, and we change because life has seasons. Do you remember these words in an old song? They were quoted from the Bible: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Your career is not a religion: Sometimes we introduce ourselves by telling you what they do for a living. It is good to remember, when we lose the career we love, we don’t lose our identity, and God is still with us. “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

You do not need to do what you love: We all have to work and pay bills, and that means bringing skills, training, and a good work ethic to the marketplace. The love question is; Who do you love? That can take us to work every day. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7).

God is higher than your boss: Do you live with fear of what another person might do to your career? That feeling is not healthy, and it is not true. Someone even higher cares about you. God told us “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?” (Isaiah 51:12).

If you are caught in the “Great Resignation” trap, I hope you can find your way to better things. Really, I hope you find a better life with many good things, including better employment.

I have learned that God is bigger than any mountain in my life:

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