What does the Bible say about moving on? Many times, because of loss in our lives, we have had events that affected our physical and psychological well being. The loss of a job, the breaking of a friendship, a couple breaks up, or a family argument causes a great divide between once close relationships. How do we cope with such loss?
Recently I was reading about dealing with loss in the work place. Today many Americans are out of work with no job prospects in sight. Having personally experienced alienation and disappointment during a recent church plant I began to look at ways other professionals recommend in getting past the hurt and feelings of rejection. As I read it began to dawn on me that hardly anyone in the corporate world referred to the scriptures for knowledge and comfort. The following is what I found as I began to look to Gods words for healing and advice from a good friend. I hope this has as much impact on you as it did me.
Keep busy in positive activities. Don’t have too much idle time on your hands.
Proverbs 20:13 If you spend your time sleeping, you will be poor. Keep busy and you will have plenty to eat. GNB
Don’t talk about negative things, focus on the positive. No more pity parties with your friends.
Proverbs 4:24 Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. ESV
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ESV
Find a way to be of service to others. Find ministries (church planters) you can lend a hand too.
Ephesians 6:7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, ESV
Here’s one that was particularly interesting because most experts suggested many forms of meditation and spiritual connection but the majority never mentioned the Bible, prayer, a relationship with Christ or even weekly worship with a group of Christ followers as a way to strengthen your life.
2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: KJV
When you have lost a job you want to get back in the game as soon as possible, your frame of mind is so important as you venture out. If you are confident and ready to take on the task you will approach these challenges with courage, not without fear, but courageously go to the battle.
Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. ESV
Finally don’t dwell on the past; it’s hard, I know. Be encouraged live in the victory of knowing God loves you and wants the best for you, in order to give your best you must know how you are made, fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image.
Hebrews 10:25 Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord's coming is getting closer. CEV