This guest post was written by Terese Reiling-Holden. For the last twenty years she has worked for Welsh/Colliers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, first as a retail property manager and currently as a retail broker.
“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives,” the minister said in his sermon about merging your faith into work. This was one sentence out of a 20-minute sermon, but it seemed profound, as I spent my entire work day in front of a computer screen.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) Some define this commandment as living for an audience of One. Loving God with all of your heart can result in very meaningful work days:
1. Focus on what would be pleasing to God instead of comparing yourself to others.
2. Read the Bible regularly for wisdom on how to deal with work challenges.
3. Trust that you are in God’s capable, sovereign hands instead of remaining anxious or worried.
“Do not worry, be anxious, or fret about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) God’s word tells us over 300 times not to fear, worry or be dismayed. I am gratefully surprised at the peace I feel after reading one of those verses!
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:38) The commandment to love others is not just an emotional effort—it requires action. Jesus instructs us to do the right thing regardless of whether we love, like or even know everyone in our workplace. Loving your neighbor at work can look like the following:
1. Not joining in negativity, gossip or critical attitudes.
2. Acknowledging, appreciating or complimenting another’s efforts.
3. Taking time to thank service workers: the cleaning person, the bus or taxi driver, the delivery person;
4. Offering words of encouragement and gratitude to your team, staff and clients.
What’s the difference between being a “nice person” and working for an audience of One? It’s a paradigm shift from doing your job well to doing your job well for God. Making God’s love visible at work creates a contagious environment of encouragement and hope. It also points people to God. We receive much more by giving, especially the small, daily things. Remember, how you spend your day is ultimately how you spend your life.
Serving with you in the Marketplace,
God, thank you for the opportunity to please you today at work. I might not be exactly where I THINK I should be, but I am exactly where YOU WANT me to be. I am grateful for all the paths that have led me to where I am right now and ask you to open my spiritual eyes today to see You at work so I can join in and participate in Your good work. You are amazing, God, and I pray that I don’t miss out on the daily opportunities You put in front of me to love You and to love others.
“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.” Maya Angelou
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