God also has a few specific things to say about a man providing for his family. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote that, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5.8 NIV At that time our household was fiscally running in the negative column each month as a direct result of the national economy and its impact on real estate development. Projects upon which I had relied for funds to augment our standard SSI income were defunded and stopped. It was obvious some type of employment would be necessary to assist meeting our normal monthly financial obligations.For whatever reasons,prospect after prospect went to “no”or “not at this time.” In early December, 2011, by way of a dear brother in the Lord, I was made aware of a potential position with a time-share resort company in Branson, MO.
Just before Christmas I interviewed with that company. The immediate follow-up was uneventful and resulted in another “not at this time”response.In mid-January, 2012, I had a follow-on meeting with a representative of that same company and was encouraged to re-contact them. I did and in mid-February, 2012, I interviewed with another representative of that company. Good and not so good resulted. Good: I was accepted for employment. Not so good: The representative with whom I would have been working dropped out of the mix. I was put on hold. However, in late February, 2012, I was re-contacted by another of the company’s representatives and asked to come in for an interview. Result: I was hired and went to work on March 12, 2012.
Simply put, Ordered Steps. Our family had been without medical insurance for several years. As a full-time employee, I became eligible for an employer sponsored group health plan. With a 120 day qualification period my start date became very important to the schedule of as yet unforeseen events. The company extended their formal offer to sign-on for their major medical insurance on July 9, 2012. The proposed insurance went “in-force” on July 20, 2012. Had I not been allowed to start during the month of March, 2012, this insurance would not have been available or in-force on August 6, 2012.