Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Age Factor


After numerous failed attempts to find permanent employment, I am fighting discouragement and despair. Several friends, who are HR administrators, have agreed my age is a huge factor in my job search. Granted, it is illegal to discriminate because of age, but proving discrimination is hard.  And although I have seen jobs I applied for go to applicants with half my skill and experience - and half my age, it would still be hard to prove. If I wanted to. Personally, I do not want to work for a company I forced through litigation to hire me. The work place is a tough enough environment without adding that kind of stress.

Ironically, I am too young to retire and too old to be employed. Then an added disadvantage, I don’t speak a second language, which becoming more and more a requirement, at least in our area.

Add the looming changes in Federal taxes and other regulations which will negatively impact my husband’s and my finances even further,my husband is considering becoming an Ex-Pat, moving to a foreign country where our dollar will go further. I love my country and am not sure this is what I want to do, but I can’t argue against the financial aspect. Statistics show over 3 million retirees are moving to other countries in order to spread out their retirement funds. Most are going to South America where the peso to dollar ratio is three to one.  

Money isn’t everything, and there are many other things to consider. With my husband it is also the desire to travel. Living abroad would also give us that opportunity. What to do?

Amid my desperate prayers for wisdom, my devotions offered these nuggets of spiritual insight.

Streams in the Desert November 25, 26 and 27:

11/25: “To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory. Ephesians 3:20-21.

The same power that saved us, washed us with His blood, filled us with the power of His Holy Spirit, and protected us through numerous temptations will work for us to meet every emergency, every crisis, every circumstance, and every adversary. The Alliance.”

11/26: “And One asked softly, ‘Why, indeed, take overanxious thought for what tomorrow brings you? See you not The Father knows just what you need?’ ” [Reference to Luke 12:22-30 – The Lilies of the Field]

11/27: “Nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37) “Therefore may we continue to persevere, for even if we took our circumstances and cast all the darkness of human doubt upon them and then hastily piled as many difficulties together as we could find against God’s divine work, we could never move beyond the blessedness of His miracle-working power. May we place our faith completely in Him, for He is the God of the impossible.”

When I look back at all my former difficulties, I see His hand, all of His miraculous deliveries. Impossibilities made possible. Faith was, and is, the difference. The deeper our faith, the more profound and amazing His miracles.

With that in mind, I am giving it all to Him to figure out, for without doubt “…they that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall take wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40: 31.  And, I will “see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13. He has promised.


4 comments:

  1. You must have been listening in on our conversations this week...so similar. My husband is having a very hard time finding regular employment and nothing with benefits...and since he is 58, we have seen this since he turned 50. It is hard when you don't feel you are too old to work and you are in the middle...too old to hire, too young to retire and not poor enough for aid, and yet you can't pay your bills...so ironic.

    We have been looking at our options and trying and trying to not get depressed...we are still raising two children.

    I just finished a book with Benjamin on how a mother bartered to get items to make her daughter a coat..this was after WWII...it encouraged me that others have walked this path also and with God all things are possible.

    Thanks for the encouraging words...we needed those, as I look at the emptiness around our tree and watch for a miracle that will supply even one gift for Benjamin...I truly need to only look up!! His faithfulness in the past should show me I have no reason to doubt or be discouraged.

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  2. It's ironic: when I was 19, I had trouble finding a job because I had no experience. Now that I have experience, no one wants to hire me because I'm too old.

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  3. So very true, Janette. In spite of our hardships, there are always glimmers of light, those unexpected miracles. Our entire difficulties may not be removed, but He gives us enough to continue on until it is time to return Home. Blessings to you this holiday season and all year.

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  4. Lorna, it is so ironic, isn't it? And the age old saying, "They won't hire you without experience and you can't get experience unless they hire you."
    Either way you lose, as with the age factor. Sigh.

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