Work is sacred. Before evil entered the world, God created us to enjoy work, and to partner with him in the cultivation of the earth, culture, and ideas. It wasn't until after the Fall of mankind, that people began to see work as a burden. In Christ, however, we have the unique opportunity to see all of life, including our work as a gift from God and as an invitation to partner with him in the renewal of all things. No matter your current work, it all contributes to the good and blessing that God intends and to the fulfillment of his coming Kingdom on earth. Whether you work in a factory, own a business, stay at home with kids, or teach students, your work is apart of the right ordering of society. So then, if work is inherently good, how do we begin to shine the Light in our places of employment?
Find the right fit. Work was intended to be fulfilling. One way you can shine the light in your workplace is simply by finding the kind of work that God built you for: fulfilling work that fits your personality, passion and gift set. When we feel fulfilled at work, we are more likely to be joyful, peaceful, loving people in our workplace. If you're unsure about what kind of work most fulfills you, take our Core Classes to find how your story, personality, natural abilities, spiritual gifts, and learned skills all contribute to the unique work God's destined you to fulfill.
Do good work. Whether you've found the right fit or not, doing God work glorifies God. When you show up to work prepared and with an attitude of joy and love, people around you will notice. Have you ever met the janitor that radiates with joy, or a barista who loves serving her customers with that perfect latte? These are people who have found the secret to shining the Light: no matter what they do, they do it all for the glory of God. When you view your work as worship, it changes how you show up and it changes the atmosphere around you. Whether you love your job or not, doing good work shines the light.
Build relationships. We all have the capacity to build relationships, and we all do it in unique ways. Some of us love to joke with others, some of us love to go deep in conversation, while others are good at inviting people into a task to get something done together. Whatever your style of building relationships, do it with the awareness that what you're doing is building God's Kingdom in a tangible way. If the Kingdom is all about building relationships, then doing that at work means you're apart of the larger movement of God- creating a place where others feel connected, loved and included. Whether you are a manager or the managed, you can uniquely shine Christ's Light by building relationships with others who may feel isolated, discouraged, or anxious.
Listen. Most Christians talk too much. We feel that the best way to get across our message of Love is to tell people about it. If you look at Christ, however, he was more interested in asking people questions, than giving them answers. What if we took this same posture? What if you became the type of person who is known for how good of a listener you are, instead of how much information you can dispense? You see, people want to know that we care about their perspective of the world, before they want to hear about ours. Once you've built relationships with others at work, make it a point to ask people three things: ask them about their story, about their family and about their view of God, spirituality, and if they have a faith background.
Share your story. People can't argue with experience. As you build relationships and listen to other's stories, find ways to share your story and specifically your experience with faith. We find it imperative to be authentic and vulnerable as we share our stories, not shying away from sharing our doubts, fears, and failures as it pertains to our spiritual journeys. This invites others into a narrative that is real, and where they can acknowledge and feel safe to admit their own doubts and fears as it pertains to God. As you share your story, make sure to invite others into a dialogue where they can reflect and comment on how they have felt similarly about God, the Church or religion in general. Sharing your story is a way to further build the relationship and build trust that you are someone who they can talk to about spiritual realities. We're not interested in manipulating people to believe like we do, rather, we're interested in giving people a safe place to unpack their spiritual journey, which will ultimately lead them to God, who is Truth.