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Unemployment and Realizing Our Gifts

“All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.” – Alexis Carrel (French surgeon)


We have the chance to do something we would not normally have the time to do when we are unemployed. We have an opportunity to reflect critically on our job during this time. When we lose our jobs, updating our resume is the first thing we consider or are advised to do. Although this is crucial, the most essential thing is to take into account our strengths and the things that make us happy at work. Too often, many of us are working but not enjoying it because our jobs do not match our gifts.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10

Three factors that are significant for our job hunt can be inferred from below.

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  • To begin with place, the Bible says “use whatever gift you have received.” God commands us to use our gifts, and that may entail looking for a profession that allows us to use our gifts daily rather than just occasionally or sporadically. The degree of joy and excitement brought by our gift, though, is what makes it different from being able to do something voluntarily and being able to use it. In our haste to get a job and start making money, we frequently disregard this aspect of the job hunt. Henceforth, let us spend some time finding out what our loved ones, relatives, and old coworkers think are our gifts.  Let us try to list those gifts, and as we think about seeking employment, we should think about if the positions will allow us to use the gifts we have listed. Why consider the job if we will not be able to use our gifts? Only when we appreciate what we do will we be able to generate high-quality work.


  • Furthermore, the Bible instructs us to “serve others” using whatever gift we have received. This implies that by utilizing our gifts, however, they may be, we will be assisting others. Using our gifts, for instance, will improve the team we work with at work since we appreciate what we do and give it our all. Additionally, when our gifts are put to good use and we deliver excellent results in both productivity and customer service, those we serve, our customers, will also benefit.


  • The last portion of 1 Peter 4:10 states that we should use whatever gift we have received to serve others as “faithful stewards.”  We can take good care of our gifts as one of our obligations as faithful stewards. Given that it is considered that everything we do not make time for is something we do not value, we cannot be faithful stewards by ignoring or hiding a gift.


God desires us to take pleasure in our careers. No matter how much money we will make, on our own journeys, we should search for careers that allow us to use our gifts because when we enjoy what we do, our mental sanity will be in control, which is equally vital. Since we never feel like we have enough of it, money can never truly satisfy us in the long run. However, when we are using our gifts to benefit others, we will experience a great delight.

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Identifying The Three Types Of Friends And When To Let Go

“A real friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell (Actor and writer)


Though they are an essential aspect of our life, friends are individuals who we must all carefully select before making any friendship commitments. This means that, rather than the other way around, we should choose our friends. Additionally, we must understand what a friend is before we can make these personal decisions.

A friend is someone in whom we may have entire confidence. A friend is someone we respect and who respects us, not because they are deserving but because they share our opinions.

All of us have come across various folks at some point or another. Depending on who you ask, we were good to some folks and bad to others. This occurs frequently, depending on how the other party treats us. Below are the three types of friends we encounter every day, and how we should know our way around all of them.

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  • The confidants

These are often extremely rare. No matter how we are feeling, they are into us and have an unwavering affection for us. If we make a mistake, they still believe in us and will correct us right away. They are there for the long run, both with and for us. They are the kind of folks that will always and everywhere come to our aid and are the kind of people we can be open with and speak freely with knowing they will not use the information against us or talk to other people about it. They will always find a way to get us out of trouble.


  • The constituents

These folks may seem like confidants, therefore we need to proceed with extreme caution. This means that although there is a thin line between constituents and confidants, it is the difference that could make or break us. These are the people that support our values even though they do not like us. For this kind of people, as long as we support what they stand for, they will toil with us, walk with us, and work diligently with us for the longest time, giving us the impression that they are on our side. These people support what we stand for, but they are never for us in the first place, so if they find someone who would further their goals, they will leave us for them.


  • The comrades

They are only against what we are against; they are not for us or what we stand for. To combat a more formidable foe, they will always join forces with us. They will stay with us until the victory is won, and they act as scaffolding that enters our lives to serve a function before being withdrawn after that mission has been fulfilled. However, let us not make these kinds of friends stay when it is time for them to leave. We ought to permit those who wish to depart from our life to do so.

We learn through confidants, so we need to be on the lookout for people like this because they are actual friends. Since they are so uncommon, we must preserve them when we find them. We should, therefore, anticipate that comrades and constituents would eventually turn against us because they never supported us but rather used us as a means to an end. Our dreams are valuable and ought to be expressed to the appropriate individuals.

It is safe, therefore, to say that constituents are friends for a season, comrades are friends for a reason, and confidants are friends for a lifetime.

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