Blog Question of the Month/Need Your Help
The blog question for September is closely related to our article
this month. Can you freely discuss your faith at work? Please share
your answers at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.
Last month we had some wonderful funny stories about your children.
I loved reading them all.
I need more CWMs willing to be interviewed for our monthly CWM
interview. If you are interested, please send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com
and put Interview in the subject heading. I will send you an email
with the questions.
Article – Faith and Work
The focus and theme of CWM is 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether
you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
This definitely includes our work life as well.
Today, I want to explore how our culture has changed to a post-modern
culture and how that affects how we share our faith at work and
other places. There have been many books and articles written about
post-modern culture. The one area I want to focus on is the strong
belief there is no absolute truth. What you believe is fine for
you and what I believe is fine for me. There is really no true right
or wrong. No good or evil. Evil is in the eye of the beholder. Also,
in the past (especially in America) people had at least a very basic
knowledge of the Bible. They may have heard about the Ten Commandments,
Easter, and Christmas.
In this day and age there are people who do not know even what
the Bible is and what it stands for in our lives. Some just see
the Bible as a book like any other book. We all know that is not
true, that the Bible is God’s Holy Word and God speaks to
us through his Bible. It is a book above and beyond all other books.
So, let me get to my main point. When we live in a culture that
does not stand for absolute truth, intellectual arguments can often
get us nowhere in sharing our faith. We live in a culture now where
lying is becoming defined as “spin” on a conversation.
Since, there is no absolute truth then there really isn’t
lying, it is just your opinion. Now, people watch our actions more
than our words. Really read that last sentence. People are watching
to see if we practice what we preach. Are we really different as
Christians or are we just like everyone else?
What does that mean for us at our workplace? It means people may
be more willing to hear our words about Christ after we have built
a solid relationship with them. After our fellow employees have
watched us day in and day out as we handle struggles in our lives.
They watch how we handle ethical issues at work. They are looking
to see if being a follower of Christ really makes a difference.
Do we really care? We are a very self-centered culture and often
don’t take time to listen to the needs of others. A simple,
“I’m praying for you” can make all the difference.
Then, act on those prayers by following up with the person.
One last thought there are people in your workplace that you can
reach for Christ that no one in your church will ever meet or know.
Remember the old saying, “You are the only Bible some people
will ever read.” Begin to pray for people in your workplace
and how God can use you to minister to them. Also, that you will
glorify God in your workplace on the good days and the bad.
None of us is perfect at work and we can definitely act less than
Christian. On those days when we fail, make sure we ask forgiveness
of those we were short with or offended.
I really want to hear on the blog how you share your faith.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the
author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an
online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by
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