Keeping Jesus in the Mix on the Job
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When I first became a Christian, I envied people who worked in Christian organizations and businesses. They got to live their faith openly on their nine-to-five jobs. I’d listen like a wide-eyed child as they talked about how they’d begin each day with corporate prayer and have lunch-hour Bible study fellowships. I then wondered, What about me, Lord? Little did I know that over the years, God would take me on a spiritual journey I’d never forget. And the mission field I was assigned to was my own place of employment.
I wasn’t an evangelist or a prophet or a teacher or a preacher. I didn’t have any of those titles, nor did I covet them. Yes, I held minor positions in church, but nothing that required active ministry. I was a wife, a mother, and a churchgoing believer who loved the Lord, and that was a ministry in itself. But as I grew in Christ, the Holy Spirit showed me that God’s not interested in our titles; he’s interested in us. I learned that it doesn’t matter if you labor on the mission field in Communist China or if you wait tables at the local IHOP or if you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 companyÑyou’re equally as important to God. And he wants to use you to build his kingdom.
The Great Commission is to go out and “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). God didn’t put a disclaimer on that command. He didn’t say you had to have a college degree, sing in the choir, or have model looks. This word is not only for pastors, teachers, preachers, and evangelists. It’s also for you and me. It’s for every believer in Christ Jesus. And your workplace is fertile ground. No matter where you workÑa deli, the hospital, or a major corporation God has called you to be salt and light wherever you are and whatever you do. God isn’t hung up on titles. He’s looking for a few good men (and in our case, women) who will shine Christ’s light in a dark world.
Although my walk hasn’t been perfect, being a Christian has helped me get through the toughest of times, especially on the job. And I’m here to tell you that if God did it for me, he’ll do it for you too, for God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). I’ve seen God’s hand move mightily on my behalf on so many occasions that I sit and marvel at his goodness, his mercy, and his grace. Have I made mistakes? Yes. But each mistake resulted in knowledge and wisdom I couldn’t have gotten if I’d paid for it. Makeup pioneer Mary Kay Ash said, “We fail forward.” There will be bumps in the road at home, at church, and on the job. Conflict is inevitable. But with the Lord’s help, you can be successful at whatever you undertake.
SISTERGIRL DEVOTIONS © 2010 by Carol Mackey
Finally, a book of meditations for Christian women that understands them. Centering on the lessons God teaches at work, church and in relationships, Carol Mackey’s Sistergirl Devotions uses stories and settings that resonate with women—urban life, office culture and the leading of the Spirit in things large and small. Using Scripture, conventional wisdom and real-life stories, each devotional shows us how our faith can empower us to have success on the job—at whatever workplace we find ourselves.
With topics such as respect, resourcefulness, image, timeliness, honesty, negativity and balancing work and home, each devotion ends with a “power move”—practical affirmations that will move women toward success at work.
Hardcover Book : 224 pages
Publisher: Baker Books ( April 14, 2010 )
Item #: 12-968791
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.562inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
all i can said is please read it thin pass it on.
everyday i read a devotion during lunch at work. it gives u a purpose and motivation to go throughout the day. great book
I too strive to do the Lords will and sometimes struggle to do so in my workplace. I remember getting ready for work one morning and I was dreading going into the place. I took this book out and began reading. I literally had an instant attitude adjustment and went on to have a great day at work. I kept the words in the back of my head.BTW, I love what I do, the management is what makes it hard. Buy this book, it will undoubtedly be a huge blessing.
I love this book, it would make a great gift as well!!
I have to say that I have been truly blessed by reading this book. While I strive to follow God's will and direction for my life, I have sometimes found it challenging to do this at the workplace. Yet, the author so genuinely gives us insight to what she has learned in her walk with God.