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“For gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” (Proverbs 1:2-5)

You may be surprised at how many decisions you make in a day!


Some sources estimate that number to be over 35,000! Eva Krockow, a decision-making specialist at the University of Leicester, is not sure where this estimate came from but does agree we make an enormous number of decisions daily. In fact, roughly 2,000 decisions per hour or one decision every two seconds. (Link to read more about this study here. )


We hardly think of some decisions, but there are certainly many decisions that will significantly impact people, our work, and ourselves. How can we be confident we are making the right decisions?


Proverbs 1:2-5 gives direction on what to consider. God advises us to do what is right and just, and fair. These words seem similar, but there are some differences.


RIGHT: When we think of the word “right,” we think of what is morally correct, good, or acceptable.


FAIR: When we think of the word “fair,” we think of being impartial and just,


JUST: When we think of the word “just,” we think of behaving in a morally right and fair way.


To apply these principles to our workplace, we need to go to the source of wisdom and not rely on how we feel at the time or what the world says.


God has advised us to listen and add to our learning, which applies to doing what is right, fair, and just. This is very similar to what the Lord says in Micah 6:8 -

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your Lord.”

This past week, I needed to decide whether to continue with a company providing services to us. We have had a long-standing relationship and requested their services for another part of our business. It is expensive, and we feel they need to do the job better. There have been many changes in their staffing, and we do not think they understand our culture. However, as they still provide some services to us, we want to maintain our professional relationships.


When considering what is right, just, and fair, we reflected on the following:


RIGHT: This was not so much a moral decision, but rather a decision on the best way to go forward for our business. However, what was necessary (and right) was to communicate in a respectful, acceptable, and right way as well as to be honest with them regarding our concerns.


FAIR: They have done great work in other areas, so we would like to continue working with them. We were fair in that we did not stop our relationship with them, but instead we stopped a particular service. However, in fairness to them, and based on our information, we will ask them to give us an update on our progress as we take this function over ourselves in-house.


JUST: We expressed our concerns about their work and gave suggestions on how our culture would be better represented. They did try, but still did not reflect it. We spoke to the people directly involved and as a result, we felt that parting ways with this area of service was the right thing to do.


However, to do what is right, fair, and just, God tells us to take some steps first - to listen and add to our learning.

My husband, who is also my business manager, provided wise advice. Before making this decision, we needed to discuss it with one of our staff and listen to what they had to say regarding taking over this work. We needed to avoid jumping into a significant decision before exploring other options.


Listening and learning, then applying the concepts of being right, fair, and just provided me with an organized way of making this important decision. I feel at peace with it, and how other people were treated.


Is there a major decision you need to make this week? If so, please consider the principles in Proverbs 1 of listening, learning and then reviewing the decision based on whether it is right, just, and fair. In this way, you will be taking Proverbs 1 to work as you apply it in action.

Bringing This to God in Prayer


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word which gives wisdom and direction. As I go through my workday and personal life this week, please give me a willing spirit to listen well and take time to learn whatever I need to before making a right, fair, and just decision. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Have a wonderful week!

God Bless,

Bonny, Christian Women at Work


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“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5)

If you are reading this memo, you likely want to demonstrate God at work. This involves making good decisions and conducting ourselves in a way that honors God and blesses others.


Why then is there so often a disconnect between what we want to do and what we actually do? It could be many things, including busyness, distraction, difficulty dealing with stress, fatigue, and influences from others. However, sometimes it is because we are not accessing the wisdom God freely provides.


God’s word provides wisdom and direction for everything we deal with in the workplace. For every decision to be made, action to be taken, or words to be spoken, there is a principle that will address the issue. God may not directly tell you in His Word what to do, but there will be a direction for you and steps to follow. It may be about what to do or how to do it.


Years ago, I needed to decide whether to purchase my business or sell it to my business partner. The Bible is full of wisdom on how to manage an ethical company, how to treat others, how to communicate and how to make decisions. God, of course, did not say in His Word if I should sell or buy. However, with this looming decision, certain verses I read jumped out of the page at me. They resonated with my heart and mind regarding what I should do. There were, of course, numerous discussions with my husband as well as other godly people we respected and who cared for us. I had peace about my decision and my motivations for purchasing, which included being able to share work experiences with other Christian women. The motivation was also caring for my staff.


When you allow God’s Word to lead your decision-making, you may sometimes look back to see why He led you that way.

  • He leads; our job is to follow.

  • He provides principles to follow; our job is to know them.

  • He provides a way; our job is to commit to it.


However, we need to know His Word to be able to be led. If you want more wisdom at work, start with a regular reading of Proverbs. It includes numerous wise principles, practical and wise direction, and encouragement and support. If you have not already, then start reading one Proverb per day. See what verses, words, concepts, principles, and promises jump off the page. Pay attention to these verses and apply them to your work situation. In this way, you will see God at work … at work.


May God richly bless you as you commit to learning the wisdom of Proverbs and commit to using His Word at work. Have a wonderful week!

Bonny, Christian Women at Work

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)

This month as we take a closer look at the Fruit of the Spirit, let’s narrow in on GENTLENESS.


The Oxford Languages Dictionary defines the noun gentleness as “the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.” None of which refer to a person as being weak, which many people tend to think about someone who is gentle.


I have often found the opposite to be true in the workplace. The staff whom I have worked with who displayed gentleness in how they treated their clients and coworkers were some of the strongest and skilled people I know. Their gentleness drew people to them with questions, a shoulder to cry on, or a request for help knowing that they would be respected in their response.


I believe Jesus was a gentle man, as He often asked questions to have people self examine and realize what their issue was versus pointing it out to them. He could have condemned each person, Jew and Gentile, who caused Him to be on the cross, yet He forgave them and spoke gently to them.


Jesus showed us that there was another way for us to live, one where we can be led by the Spirit. He worked, ministered and mentored with the Holy Spirit, and we can as well.


“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” (Galatians 5:22-23 MSG)

“The fruit of the Spirit is not push, drive, climb, grasp and trample. Life is more than a climb to the top of the heap.” - Richard J. Foster


Being gentle doesn’t mean we climb over others, nor does it mean we are weak for not having a killer business instinct. It means we treat others with respect as His creations, and demonstrate care as we interact with them, regardless of circumstances. Just as Jesus used His power in a non harmful way, we can do the same!


Living this way is only possible with God’s help, which is why I believe gentleness was included as a part of the Fruit of the Spirit.


“For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?” (1 Corinthians 4:20-21)

This month, ask God to help you express yourself with a spirit of gentleness as you invite Holy Spirit to guide you at work. And as we work through the book of Proverbs this year, remember to implement Proverbs 15:4 in your conversations, responses and actions:


“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

The Message version of Proverbs 15:4 makes it even more clear,


“Kind (gentle) words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.”

May God bless you as you bless others through expressing yourself with gentleness.


Karla, Guest Blogger

www.karlalees.com


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