ChristAlive! Archives: Impacting Workplace Culture
My hands tightly gripped the metal sides of the car as we slowly climbed the long, steep hill of the rollercoaster. I had taken my two children, Jim and Molly, to our local amusement park to thank them for working for me all summer. We had waited 45 minutes in line to get on this ride. Now I was terrified and just wanted off.
Do you go into the marketplace by choice? Cheerfully? Committed? If you have an unpleasant task ahead, how does it affect your attitude?
Recently I was asked to give witness to a group attending our church retreat using this passage as inspiration. Four years earlier, I had given a talk on gratitude after having been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. It had occurred to me that we are also to be grateful for all challenges, including those at work.
Old habits die hard. Growing up, the manner of speaking among my peers was anything but wholesome. We made an ongoing game of ridiculing each other for all manner of defects, real and imagined... We might have said it was all in good fun and without malice, but I’ve since learned that no matter the design, words have power beyond our intentions.
What we say, how we say it, when we say it, to whom we say it – all of it matters to the Lord. Every word matters to the Lord. This isn’t surprising when you consider that most of the strife, anger, and disharmony in life are the results of what we say or what we hear others say.
According to the Population Reference Bureau, you are one of 180 billion people that have ever lived; yet you really matter. You matter to God and to his plan. You have a one-of-a-kind, unrepeatable and significant role to play, no matter who you are.
Do I appreciate the gift of freedom that God has given me? Do I reflect love and faithfulness to God and the people in my life through the exercise of this gift?
Which of your activities need more of God’s presence? Inviting my CIC sisters to fundraising events not only benefits the organization, it also brings God’s presence to the event. It would be very difficult not to feel God’s love when there is a group of us together!
The Lord, the God of all creation, is the source of all knowledge and understanding. There is no need to fear the unknown or the things we might not comprehend. We can take confidence in the Lord, for he is the source of all truth.
Do I allow myself to be blinded by the distractions of the world? One night last week I was driving my grandson home from his Youth Group. We were both in good spirits. I felt particularly uplifted and blessed. Then, I saw bright lights in my rear view mirror. I was getting pulled over by the highway patrol.