Christ Alive! | Christian Testimonies, Stories and Reflections

The kingdom of God is breaking out right in our midst, in our workplaces. You won’t hear about it on the evening network news. You won’t read about it in your local newspaper. But you will hear about it from members of Christians in Commerce. Here are just a few of the stories from the front lines of the workplace.

Christians in Commerce members share their workplace stories, reflections and testimonies of being Christ in the Workplace. Select a category to display abstracts from our ChristAlive Archives.

Over the 12 years of my being a member of Christians in Commerce, I have witnessed many trials and tribulations of others and of my own. Early on, I wondered why the faithful go through just as difficult times as those who do not believe or who are living lives that I view as less than favorable.
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.
After losing my job in March 2012, I was broke, discouraged and burned out. I felt like I needed something different. A few months later, a good friend presented a business opportunity for me to consider. I would be in business for myself yet working with a team. I was excited and said, “Yes!”
Our true identity is “beloved children of God”. So many of us are trying to be good so that our Father in heaven will love us. This is “behaved religion”, not covenant love. Being good is so different from receiving the love of God our Father and the desire to please him.
Making a commitment to daily prayer during my first Challenge Weekend while still unwilling to make small personal sacrifices, I began praying in my car while driving to work. I thought, "Why take prime time? I have to drive to work anyway.” Then I began setting aside what I consider the best and first part of the day for daily prayer.
In leading a new office, I wanted to do things right, “in the Lord”, developing a new and holier way of relating. Human relationships are complex and baffling and can deteriorate into discord and disunity.
I walked into my first nursing home in 1970 to start my first job. It was my introduction to real suffering in the world. The residents in our nation’s nursing homes hold in common the burden of multiple losses: loved ones, mobility, and independence, to mention a few.
I worked real hard for two-thirds of my life at hiding the fact that I was a Christian to avoid being judged or rejected. Little did I know that true wisdom could be found by becoming a fool for Jesus...
We cannot escape the world. It is always around us, in good ways and bad. The internet has many uses, good and bad. Our eyes give us sight but sometimes lead us to sin. Our voices can give praise and encouragement but also disparage and gossip.
Reflect on how you respond to correction. Do you get defensive? What tools are needed to get past this in order to grow in prudence?

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