Has someone ever told you that you cannot take your faith to work? In today’s political arena, that would not be a surprise. However, I would say, “How can you not take your faith to work?”
Our faith is what we believe and why we believe it. It drives our actions. It is the knowledge we have regarding the right thing to do and how to do it. It is the basis of what we believe is right and wrong and how we will treat others. This is not very different from a business having policies and procedures which direct what needs to be done during the workday and how to do it. There will be different theories of leadership, conflict resolution, dealing with difficult situations, performance appraisals, and professionalism. As a Christian woman in the workplace, your beliefs and values are what you bring to the workplace in your leadership style, how you gracefully deal with conflict, how you respect others during a difficult situation, how you encourage others in performance appraisals regardless of how difficult they are and your professionalism as you justly and kindly treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
You are who you are in the workplace. And you can be a light to others in your actions, reactions, and communication.
You may not realize that you are very much taking your faith to work.
When you don’t gossip about others, you take your faith to work.
When you take time to listen carefully to others instead of interrupting them, you are taking your faith to work.
When you are honest: you are taking your faith to work.
When you demonstrate respect to your boss, even though you disagree, you take your faith to work.
When you want the best for an employee who has decided to leave to open their own business, you demonstrate your faith at work.
This coming week, think about just one way you can demonstrate God at work by living one of His principles at work. You may be surprised at how many you are already demonstrating!
Perhaps you can focus on:
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12)
Ask God to write this verse on your heart at work this week. Ask Him to give you opportunities to practice this principle and demonstrate God at Work … at Work.
Stay tuned over the following weeks as we look at more specific verses and principles that you can bring to work every day!
Have a wonderful week and God bless!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work