Question submitted via Facebook
“I have a question for you:
I didn't earn as much money over the summer as I planned, so I want to find a way to bring in extra income next school year. I already have two (small) jobs for this fall, but I need to make about another $120 dollars a month.
I noticed that my fear of *not* having enough money really got in my way of having stable income this summer. While I put in countless applications to various employers this summer, I didn't *feel* wealthy at all. (Plus, I bought into the economic downturn fears.)
I guess it all boils down to the fact that my faith is faltering right now, especially in the area of money. It's challenging for me to let go of control and just TRUST the Universe. Even though I *know* it's not true, when I ask the Universe for the job I want, thoughts of "You're asking too much," pop into my mind.
Words of wisdom on this situation are greatly appreciated “
Before we go too far, let’s check in to see what Big JC had to say on the matter:
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Money can be one of the hardest areas for people to find success in; probably THE hardest with love running a close second.
The reason why this is, is you can always look around and see what you do (or don’t) have, and it can be difficult to stay faithful and excited about what’s coming, when for now all you can see is the oatmeal and ramen you’re living off of!
There are a couple of things you can do to cure your worries and open yourself up to truly receive all the Universe has to offer:
The first thing (as you have probably heard me say) is focus on how greatful you are for what you’ve already got. For instance, have you stopped to truly thank God / The Universe for the two jobs you already have? With the economy being what it is, lots of people are dying to have one job, and you’ve got two!
That reminds me: the economy.
I won’t say I’ve personally been immune to the economic downturn; it’s definitely hit me in the wallet. But, what two things I know for SURE is 1. there is always a market for people who work hard and do a good job. And, 2. the winds of money are ALWAYS blowing, you just have to know how to turn your sales. Don’t get caught up in the gloom and doom they try to scare you with to get tv ratings or sell papers; the world-wide luxury market is doing better than ever. Seek out things you can read and watch about how well some people are doing rather than hearing how terrible things are out there.
The second thing is to hold on to your faith. I know, you said you are having trouble staying faithful, so this is kind of like defining a word by using that word! For me, as a business owner with a wife and two small children, I would have been well within my rights to panic when things got lean. The thing is, I know FOR SURE no matter how hard things get, I always, ALWAYS have my needs met. I have cultivated an absolute certainty in the fact that God has my back. Since, as we’ve talked about before, you can worry OR you can faith, but not both. Worrying is telling God that He can’t handle it, so you need to come up with something!
So, when these worries come up redirect your thoughts to how grateful you are for how things are. Remind yourself of all the times your needs have been met, and especially all the times you worried and anguished over things that didn’t happen at all, and how pointless it was to waste that much energy.
One other thing: rather than chase a dollar amount ($150 a month) decide what you want to do. What kind of thing would you do for fun? Many jobs in college downs pay less, but that isn’t a difficult amount of money to bring in doing almost anything. Choose to focus on the type of job you want (Office? Retail? Humane Society? Macy’s?) and focus on finding it rather than the money. Let your teachers, family, friends, and church members know you are in the market and see what God / The Universe is trying to send you. If you are feeling called to work, answer it without being overly attached to how it might manifest.
You say you are afraid that you are asking for too much, I say you aren’t asking for enough! Fear and anxiety are wasted energy; after you’ve done all you can, be still and wait for the solution to present itself. Walk in faith and gratitude that God / The Universe has your back.
You are great, and I love you!