For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.… Jeremiah 29:11-12
As I read the headlines regarding the filing of bankruptcy by J.C. Penney, once a retail giant, I felt a wave of sadness. After all, this business opened it’s doors in 1902 and has withstood the ups and downs of many economic recessions, including the Great Depression. In addition to shopping at their stores, generations of families can remember browsing their giant catalog, placing orders, and waiting in line to pick up their purchase.
But as I read further, I realized that they were not throwing in the towel and giving up. Despite the changes in consumer purchasing, and the presence of the pandemic, one of the cornerstone’s of retail has developed a viable plan to restructure. 118 years of resiliency has enabled J.C. Penney to identify and close 242 stores that are no longer profitable. The shareholders and executive management have identified their target customers and will use marketing strategies to stay afloat for many years to come.
Amid the pandemic, we have not only experienced a significant threat to our health, but we are also in an economic recession. The necessary changes have sparked many negative emotional responses, which have led to an increase in anger and hopelessness. Dreams and short-term goals have been placed on hold without an end date, which leads to further frustration. Too many challenges in such a short timespan have led to internal and external crises, when will it end?
As of now, we have no answers as to when our pandemic will end. Even so, we can take steps to restructure our lives. Commit to at least one hour per day for devoting time to God, the Bible is encouraging and gives us real-life accounts of the struggles of humanity. Pray several times a day, ask God for guidance, and the determination to make the necessary adjustments to maintain a productive lifestyle.
- Identify your most important priorities.
- Eliminate unnecessary spending, including the closure of credit card accounts.
- Return to the basics of cooking tasty, nutritious meals.
- Incorporate family time where everyone can share their day, make suggestions for family activities, learn how to budget, and participate in the household tasks.
- Explore opportunities to develop new skills and/or hobbies.
- Call the local churches and non-profit organizations who help those in need to donate items and non-perishable food.
- If you are in need, seek help from your local churches/organizations, call 211, contact your creditors to make payment arrangements.
Positive changes are required to keep moving forward. God knows our concerns and limitations: Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26
Remember, God is BIGGER than all of our problems. Stay Aware and Stay Safe!
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