Posted by: rena | May 27, 2009


A man walked in to my workplace the other day, slapped a resume onto my desk and said, “Unemployed and smiling.”

He wasn’t timid, wasn’t angry, wasn’t abrasive in any way. He made me smile. After a very brief talk he turned to leave and said, “Hopefully I’ll get something before winter.”

A man who looks like he could bench press a pickup truck came in very humble and happy. I pray that he does find something very soon, a job that will make him happy, maybe even glad that he’s not employed at his previous job because the new one is so much better.

I pray his latter days are better than the former. I pray he has some inkling of an idea how he made me—or others—feel by his open attitude, and also pray that he won’t be discouraged.

I pray these things because he made a child of God glad. That’s all. The stranger had blessed me. I felt delighted that I had witnessed his behavior, and it made my day.

In the Bible, Paul wrote that in whatsoever state he was in, he was content (Philippians 4:11). I have not been content in many things, but I’m learning. And at times it takes a lot of reminding for some of us to come to a state of contentment.

Unemployed, in this realm, is any discomfort that we will experience in life. In II Corinthians 4:8-9, Paul also wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

Smiling is our attitude and total assurance that God already has us protected from whatever is trying to scare us.

The child of God can endure these things because the tolerance is not accomplished by our own power, but of God’s. How much unemployment can you take? My dear friend, all of it.

I want to remember this feeling the next time I want to gripe.

“Unemployed and smiling.”

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