Rx: Laughter

smiling horseIn life, often the best reprieve from stress is a good laugh.  I rounded up a couple career/career ministry funnies and a heart-warming testimony from one of our members to encourage anyone who needs a little uplifting.


Birthdays in the Workplace—Cory Santiago| Member Services Director, Crossroads Career Services

At one of my workplaces past, they hired someone with the same name as me.  He had been with the company for just a few months when his birthday rolled around.  Secretly, they passed around a birthday card for him.  After they presented him with this thoughtful gift, I discovered that several of my friends had well-wished his birthday card with intentions for me!

I felt cheated, much like Esau, because when my birthday came around, they must have been too busy or the blessings were all used up because I was left with a mere, “Have a happy birthday.”


Career ministry Feedback Form—Beth C. | Career Explorer, attended Maximize Your Career

How have these resources helped you in your career transition and personal faith?

“I feel that my faith has been strong—and tested—with this job loss.  Rather that feeling my faith strengthened, I feel I have a stronger testimony.  Without a doubt, though, the workbook, workshop, and networking got me a great job I never would have thought I was capable of doing.  It’s great to accept my strengths!  And the program gave me hope!

What other comments or suggestions would you like to share to help us improve this workshop?

“. . . More Krispy Kreme—fewer Dunkin Donuts.  Ha!  Ha!”


Isn’t God Good?—Jim Carrow | iWork

Tonight was one of those truly remarkable nights!  During our praise time three people stood up to tell us that they got jobs.  Each person had a story to tell that was encouraging to the rest of the group.

No story was more compelling than that of Vicky.  Vicky is a single mom who lost her job in January.  Between an income tax refund and her savings, Vicky calculated her money would run out August 15.  She interviewed for a job last week. The next day the owner of the company called and told her he offered the job to someone else.  Then he asked if she would be interested in a bigger job than the one for which she originally interviewed.   She accepted. She’s excited. Her start date is August 1.

Did I mention what day she will get her first paycheck?  August 15!  Isn’t God good?


I will leave you with this verse, as nothing can bring new life and encouragement better than the living, breathing word of God:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.  There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”  John 14:1-4 (NLT)

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