Somewhere in limbo between graduation and solid freelance employment, my church hosted a college event. Of course, free food was involved, so I went. As we lined up to eat, someone wanted to bless the food. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
I had just picked up a plate. So I held it, bowed my head, and listened to someone pray, “Lord, I know these students have a lot on their plates right now … Amen.”
When I opened my eyes, the only thing I saw was my empty plate.
Being unemployed, there was nothing on my figurative plate and in my hands was a literal reminder of that.
Practical Tip: Fill your plate. Keep busy.
When you don’t have a job, finding a job is your full-time job.
You can only spent so many hours pouring over job listings, talking to people, and perfecting resumes and cover letters. It gets depressing.
Do it that every day but don’t let it be the only thing you do.
There are few things worse than sitting around, unemployed with nothing to do.
So I began to fill my plate. I haven’t stopped.
I am a professional collector of unpaid jobs.
And it’s ok because I love every single one of them. In fact, I never could have imagined some of the things I’m doing right now, some of the opportunities I’ve had.
- Teach English in China.
- Serve at the homeless shelter.
- File papers. Stuff envelopes.
- Tutor. Babysit.
- Chauffeur Haitian drummers.
- Learn to play guitar.
- Write a novel.
- Start a LLC and hire yourself.
- Help with VBS.
- Chaperone a youth trip.
- Take up painting.
- Finish that scrapbook.
“While I’m waiting, I will serve You. While I’m waiting, I will worship. While I’m waiting, I will not faint. I’ll be running the race even while I wait. ” – John Waller, “While I’m Waiting.
Don’t let this time be a waste. Let God use you to be a blessing to someone else.
But also remember just because you don’t have a job doesn’t mean you can do everything.
How do you keep busy during times of waiting? Please share in the comments.
What are you looking for?