Openings

By: Moira McGuinness

Mark 6: 8-13

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet…”

At one point in my life, I found myself looking for my fourth job in two years. While each departure had its own circumstances, I think in each case I was called out in part to search for another workplace to find other like-minded Christians who wanted to support each other in being Christ. In each place I worked I invited women to join with me to start a workplace Challenge Group and had varying degrees of success. I saw myself as traveling from town to town as Jesus instructed the disciples. In every situation I found practicing Christians who were reluctant to identify themselves as Christians in the workplace.

I am sensitive to the desire not to be seen as cliquish or as intolerant of other's beliefs. At the same time, I think that the workplace is the one area where we need the most support. It is so nice to be able to seek out a coworker who understands your job better than your family or friends do and ask her to pray with you, or to have her seek you out when she's having a bad day.

A few weeks after starting one of my jobs, I prayed a quick prayer in an elevator with a coworker who complained of a headache. She thanked me later and added, "People are just not as open as they should be about their faith at work." That was the only opening I needed.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Have you ever offered to pray with a coworker? If so, what happened? If not, why?