ChristAlive! Archives: Workplace Integrity

Through the centuries, we have had brothers and sisters faithfully go before us and live out their faith with commitment and courage. They did it in different times, in different cultures, in different positions and different circumstances. Those were their times. These are our times to be faithful and faith-filled.
Are we aware of the significance of our relationships, service, and words to others and theirs to us - acceptance or rejection of Jesus and the one who sent him?
We once had a tree we had to cut down, and we discovered that the root system was as large as the tree. It took three men, three days and one machine to finally get rid of those roots. That is how Christ wants me to be rooted in him so that I can stand in the face of adversity.
Do I see the face of Christ in everyone I encounter and treat them as such?
God asked Solomon what he would choose if he could have anything in the world. Solomon asked for knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Because Solomon did not ask for wealth or material things, God granted him all three. Solomon went on to become a wealthy man.
The experience caused me to wonder about the potential impact of this behavior. How does faith bashing help demonstrate the life and teachings of our Lord and Savior? We should always strive for our behavior and words to tell the story of Christ's love and leave the judging to him.
As Christians, one of the challenges we face in the workplace is discerning when it is appropriate to talk about Christ...
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.
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.
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.