From conversation in the past few weeks:
Health care workers: This is the scariest time in my career, I am thinking about doing something else.
Police: This is the most disheartening time in my career, I am thinking about doing something else.
Teachers: This is the most uncertain time in my career, I am thinking about doing something else.
Store Clerks, restaurant servers, trash collectors, postal workers: This is the most nervous time on my job, I am thinking about doing something else.
Pastors: This is the most discouraging time in my vocational life, I am praying that God leads me somewhere else.
Small business owners: This is the most difficult time for my business, I am thinking of closing (or not re-opening) the doors.
Churches: This is the most polarizing time since the protestant reformation, we are on the verge of a church split.
The list could go on and on in these uncertain times.
Erma Bombeck wrote a book years ago with the title: The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank. I think her point was simply just because the grass in the next place seems greener (or maybe the grass where you are standing looks brown), don’t be fooled. Not all green grass is the result of something good.
Paul’s advice to the troubled and on the verge of disintegrating church at Corinth are good words for us who are contemplating throwing in the towel and walking away:
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.
I Corinthians 16:13-14
In other words, you are not alone. Hang in there. Trust Jesus! Love everyone!