Life Purpose in A Nutshell

a jar of nuts

Was 2020 a bad experience for you? Difficult times of struggle and suffering stimulate important questions, such as, “Why am I here? Does my life have any purpose? Does God have a reason for my being?” Before I became a Christian, my purpose was to make money, be successful, and have fun. While I got pretty much everything I wanted, …

Purpose Is Not A Side Hustle

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:10 NLT Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But …

When You’re Facing a Layoff

This has been my first year in charge of the Crossroads Career blog and I hope if you’ve been reading for a while you’ve felt our boards desire to reach you where you’re at in these difficult times. We don’t just pray for you and seek to give sound advice. Many of us are have been or are right there …

Working Remotely in Times of Crisis

Have you ever had an experience that has been seared into your memory? For example, I remember where I was on January 29, 1986, when the Challenger exploded, and when the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001.

Work/Life Balance

Welcome to the month of June.  Halfway through May in the middle of a pandemic I thought – this year is going horribly slow because of the Corona Virus lockdown.  Suddenly though, it’s summer.  New Years feels like yesterday and somehow schools are getting out and the temperatures are rising as we approach the middle of the year.  Can you …

Suddenly Laid Off and Jobless

Even before the economy began to suffer from the effects of the COVID-19 virus and the ensuing lockdowns and quarantines, many people face layoffs or unemployment each year. But in the first half of 2020, the number of unemployed people has skyrocketed. News reports like the following are increasingly common:  “3.28 million people filed for unemployment insurance last week – …

How Will I Get Through This?!

The current unemployment headlines and statistics are staggering. Here are just a few: “Decade of job gains erased in April! Unemployment soars to 14.7% as lockdowns throw 20.5 million out of work in one month.” (Wall Street Journal, 5/8/20) “The real unemployment rate, which includes people who are not looking for work or are underemployed, already stands at 22.8%, according …

When You Find Yourself Without Work

The number of people in the US currently without work is staggering.  Laid off, furloughed, let go, or temporarily on hold; you’ve found yourself suddenly with an abundance of time and possibly feeling overwhelmed figuring out how you will spend it.  You’re not alone.  Last year I was without work for three months.  It was the first time since I …

3 Things to Consider Before Transitioning Careers

The mental struggle that accompanies career change decisions can be harder than actually making the change. I’m not here to tell you to jump ship and follow your star (though, that’s what I did). What I’d like to offer are important things to consider if you’re feeling an urge to make a change. And if you are, you’re not alone. …

Mentoring

Your potential can be turbo-charged simply by having an effective mentor in your life. The best place to be is in the middle of a mentoring sandwich; where you, the mentee, are being mentored by a more experienced person, and you’re also mentoring someone.