Copyright 2011: Debbie Simler-Goff. Female Christian Authors. All rights reserved.
Think about it. We gain a sense of fulfillment from accomplishing tasks. We enjoy creating things, completing things, and being challenged. Our self-esteem is raised when we excel at a task, and we grow in our interpersonal skills through dealing with the wide array of personalities we encounter in the average work day.
And all of these things benefit us in the other areas of our lives and it is just one of the many reasons that God created us for work.
Our jobs also give us an identity. And we develop a sense of others by finding out what they do for a living. For example, I manage volunteers for a non-profit organization, my brother is a computer engineer, and my son is a mechanic. With no other knowledge about us as individuals but our professions, already you have begun to form an opinion of what we are like.
And all of these things should encourage us to look to God for guidance and help in navigating our work day. After all, God knows all of our inner workings. He was there before we were born. He chose our personalities and equipped us with certain skills
and interests so it only makes sense that He would be the one to seek guidance and direction from.
I want to know what YOUR JOB is like. What do YOU STRUGGLE WITH? Share with me and my readers and we will offer encouragement, advice if you ask for it, and most of all friendship and prayer.
Debbie Simler-Goff is a Christian journalist and woman Christian speaker. She is a respected female Christian author.
Professional Persona vs. Christian Character
By Debbie Simler-Goff
This article was first published in 2011 by The Higher Calling.
Jonathan, a family physician, rarely discusses his faith while at work. Instead, he
You spend a third of your life at work.
Wikipedia says the average American employee works a total of 92,150 hours in his/her lifetime. (Here’s a cool chart from the U.S. Department of Labor that really illustrates this point. http://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/chart1.pdf )
So with such a huge part of our lives spent on the job does God have a purpose in it beyond providing a means to pay our bills?
How do I know this?
Because God hard-wired human beings for work.
Women Christian Speakers -- Debbie Simler-Goff
spends his lunch hour reading his Bible in the seclusion of his office. Yet his staff considers him the most Christian man they know.
Maria, a Call Center Supervisor, has religious symbols and scriptures plastered all over her very visible, glass walled office. She makes it a point to tell everyone from the janitor to the Vice President that she serves Jesus Christ. Many in her office find her tactics offensive. <Read Full Article Here>
Falling In Love with Work Again
Nothing irritated me. Nothing annoyed me. Until I took my eyes off the joy of serving, and started focusing on the workload.
This article was first published in 2011 by Christianity Today’s Faith In the Workplace
My job as a manager for a non-profit company is perfectly suited to my personality. There's a lot of variety, a lot of challenge, and a lot of interaction with very interesting people from the community. As a matter of fact, many who know me say they couldn't imagine me doing anything else.
And for the longest time I agreed with them.
I bounced into work every day with a joyful enthusiasm and practically whistled while I worked. There was a gleam in my eye, a song in my heart, and I considered it a privilege to serve my employer.
I took seriously Ecclesiastes 9:10 which says, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…"
Nothing irritated me. Nothing annoyed me. After all, having my job was a privilege-a gift. The one God chose for me. The one I'd rejoiced over getting. The one I was so grateful to have.
Until. I took my eyes off the joy of serving, and started focusing on the workload. I started complaining and stopped rejoicing. A sense of entitlement washed over me and humility disappeared.
Hearing Christ at Work
By Debbie Simler-Goff
The next time you're at work, pay attention to the sounds around you. Listen—intently. Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Take for example the cacophony of mobile phones sounding off, the music-crazed cubicle-dweller that sits across the way, the hum of the water cooler, the overhead announcements, the ringing of the telephone, the cross-talkers who'd rather yell than leave their chairs. Not to mention the annoying coworker who talks so loud you've considered purchasing noise cancelling earphones. And then there are the drummers, clickers, and thumpers. These are the individuals who incessantly click a pen, drum on the desk top, or thump their foot against the desk. <Read Full Article Here>