A Recession Antidote
Regardless of our personal circumstances, we can and should give back our time, talent and if circumstances permit, our treasure. It will lift up your soul to help others in need, even if you are also in need of help. Which leads me to a challenging idea: also allow others to help you. It can be challenging for our egos to let others help us, but why should we deny them that privilege and grace-filled act? Being open to people praying for us, getting networking assistance to find a new job or just asking our friends and fellow parishioners for suggestions or counsel will dramatically increase the likelihood that the Lord will work through these good people to touch your life in a positive way.
There are so many things we can do to help ourselves (and each other) get through these tough times-I could not begin to list them all here. The point of this reflection is to simply share the recent revelation that all of my efforts to fix my own problems and carry my own burdens over the last few months were in vain. We must put Christ first, trust in Him and follow His lead. Surrendering control is difficult, but as St. Ignatius of Loyola said: “Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”
Let’s remember to pray for each other and everyone affected by this economy. Thank you and God bless you.
Randy Hain is Managing Partner of an executive search firm in Atlanta, GA. Randy has been married for over 14 years and has 2 sons. He and his wife converted to the Catholic Church in 2006. He is active in several parish ministries, especially the St. Peter Chanel Business Association, Jobs Ministry, Woodstock Business Conference -- Atlanta Chapter, Atlanta Catholic Business Conference and Eucharistic Adoration. He writes a great deal in his professional life and has had a passion for writing about his faith since joining the Church. Randy is the Associate Editor for CE's The Integrated Life channel and is a contributing columnist for the Catholic Business Journal.
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