ChristAlive! Archives: Workplace Integrity

The women’s ministry at our church periodically recruits women to participate in spiritually enriching programs. As Coordinator, I congratulated the ministry team on the registration they had successfully obtained. However, the Marketing Coordinator expressed her disappointment at the number of participants...
Do I allow myself to lose focus on God himself, instead becoming overly concerned with following “the letter of the law”? Do I cause others to fall into this way of thinking?
“As difficult as this was, in many ways it was a time of grace. It was a combination of knowing that I was doing exactly what God wanted and a clear sense of God’s presence.”
My wife and I were driving home from our office when my cell phone rang. An employee, Ana, nervously informed me that the lobby of our drycleaners was full of customers, one of whom was very agitated. I could hear her in the background and the expletives were pretty harsh. I turned to my wife, took her hand and started praying...
On a busy Saturday morning I was called to the front counter to placate an upset customer. I noticed that our lobby was full of female customers except for one gentleman holding a child. He asked if I was the owner. When I said, “Yes”, he threw a pair of pants at me, striking me in the chest. He then proceeded to loudly exclaim what a lousy business I operated.
It is so hard to stand our ground when it comes to telling the truth in business. Being the people-pleaser and winning at all costs has become very popular in today's society. Unfortunately, it often comes with a costly spiritual price tag.
What does it mean to speak the truth in your place of business? Within your family? Do you tend to “go with the crowd” even in situations that make you uncomfortable?
I’m an attorney who does estate planning. Last year I had a client whose wife had died. An estate tax return had to be filed because they had significant assets, including several homes and properties...
In my twenties, I was a salmon fisherman in Alaska. My coworkers were about the same age. They were hard working and always ready for fun. When they found out I was a Christian and didn’t drink, that was OK as long as I didn’t stop them...
A few years ago, a subcontractor filed a mechanics lien on a house I was building. The financing bank quickly halted any further disbursements, making it virtually impossible to finish the project. The house was headed to foreclosure even before it was completed! I wanted revenge...

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