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As per my prior post, I was recently laid off, and just had my exit interview. With it comes a distinct sense of finality now. I have 7 kids and no job. It’s kind of stressful.

But stress can be good.  If taken appropriately, it can galvanize your resolve.  It motivates you, and gives you a sense of urgency.

It also tends to cause you to see things objectively, and whenever you are able to step back from your circumstances and view them from afar, you tend to gain valuable insight and perspective that helps you see where you are, where you’re going, and how to get there.

Of course, stress can be debilitating too. It can cause you to freeze in your tracks, or overwhelm your mind so that you fail to focus on what needs to be done.

The key to dealing with stress is in your perspective. If you have a strong foundational perspective of yourself, of where you’re going, and what you need to do to get there, then stress can become fuel that propels you, rather than a gravitational pull that holds you back.

So if you find stress debilitating, it’s a leading indicator that it’s time to reflect on your foundational beliefs, and revisit your life-launch systems.

Rusty

As I mentioned yesterday (here), on Friday I lost my job.  It’s kind of a tough time for that to happen, I’ve heard the economy isn’t doing so well ;-) .  I also know that in terms of finding employment, the holiday season is one of the tougher times of year to be in the job market (especially a saturated one).

But, I’m not worried.  I’ve learned that there’s one single overarching secret to solving this dilemma.  Obedience.

Mosiah 2: 22

22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.

2 Ne. 1: 20, 31

20 And he hath said that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land…

31 Wherefore, because thou hast been faithful thy seed shall be blessed with his seed, that they dwell in prosperity long upon the face of this land; and nothing, save it shall be iniquity among them, shall harm or disturb their prosperity upon the face of this land forever.

Alma 48: 15, 25

15 And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land;

25 …for the promise of the Lord was, if they should keep his commandments they should prosper in the land.

Alma 36: 1, 30

1 My son, give ear to my words; for I swear unto you, that inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land.

30 But behold, my son, this is not all; for ye ought to know as I do know, that inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land; and ye ought to know also, that inasmuch as ye will not keep the commandments of God ye shall be cut off from his presence. Now this is according to his word.

Alma 50: 20

20 Blessed art thou and thy children; and they shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.

There are numerous other scriptures that reinforce this simple truth, that obedience brings blessings.

D&C 130: 20

20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated-

21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

So while I’m certainly anxious to start making money again, I’m by no means worried.  For either I believe the scriptures, or I don’t.  They’re either true or they aren’t.  Personally, I believe they are, and that belief isn’t conditional upon my immediate, changing circumstances.

So while it seems ambiguous and even disconnected, I firmly believe (to all those who may be in a similar predicament), that the single thing we can do to most positively impact your financial situation is to clean up your life, repent of past wrongs, change where necessary, look to God, and walk that blessed road of obedience.

Such is my plan, to proceed in faith, working (nothing good happens without work), and praying, and following the spirit.

It’s an exciting time, and all doors are open.

Rusty