Project 3:16

Project 3:16 – Job

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed Easter.

We are resuming our journey through the 3:16’s of the Bible with the book of Job, as Esther chapter 3 stops at verse 15.

Job was a righteous man. God told Satan to destroy everything in Job’s life. God knew Job was a man of integrity and would not curse God.

Losing everything was just the first test. The second test was Job being inflicted with sores from toe to head. While a lot of us would shake our fists at God for allowing us to experience all this extreme hardship, Job did not curse God. He held on to his integrity.

He’s better than me.

In chapter 3, Job curses the day he was born. While 3:16 stands on its own, it is painful. I am including verses 11-19 so you get the whole picture this group of verses paints.

“Why did I not die at birth,
    come out from the womb and expire?
12 Why did the knees receive me?
    Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
13 For then I would have lain down and been quiet;
    I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
14 with kings and counselors of the earth
    who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold,
    who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:11-15 (NIV)

Or why was i not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day!

Job 3:16 (NIV)


17 There the wicked cease from troubling,
    and there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners are at ease together;
    they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
19 The small and the great are there,
    and the slave is free from his master.

Job 3: 17-19 (NIV)

May you never curse the day you were born.

May you adopt this philosophy from Job when it comes to suffering:

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
    I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job 13:15 (NIV)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Career, Faith

A Job Is A Banquet

Today is the 3rd and final installment of the series Parables for 21st Century Job Seekers.

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As an employer you have an obligation to hire someone who is unemployed, as long as they are mostly qualified. Hiring unqualified people for a position is irresponsible. However, is there another position in your company they can perform?

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Working for you is being invited to the banquet. The job will help them pay the bills, put food on the table, improve their self-esteem, strengthen their skills and develop new skills.

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Matthew 25:40

(NIV)

As Ann Voskamp mentioned in The Broken Way, A Daring Path Into Abundant Life, Jesus does not care about your bucket list.

He cares about what you did to help the least – the poor, lame, widowed, unemployed, homeless and others society marginalizes. How did you serve them?

How you served them is how you served Jesus.

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 14:12-14

(NIV)

Being paid back at the resurrection of the righteous is more important than being paid back now.
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Job Seekers

Remember, when someone invites you to the banquet you are required to mind your manners. This means you need to perform your duties better than what you manager expects. By doing your new job well, it will encourage your manager to take a chance on inviting other unemployed people to the jobs banquet.

Be open to feedback from your manager but work as though you are working for God.

Question

To all you hiring managers –

Who will you invite to the banquet today?

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Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows as they move through grief and seize opportunities to rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough.