I CAN AND I WILL: Don't be afraid to let God into the workplace
I started working when I was 15 years old at the local Piggly Wiggly grocery store. My dad’s advice before I started was to “be friendly, stay busy, be honest, and just do your job.”
My next job was in law enforcement and again, dad’s advice was handy. His suggestion this time was simple. “This job is all about helping people. If you’re doing it for any other reason, don’t.”
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23
Work is something we do here on earth and something we will also do in eternity. If work is something we will do throughout eternity, we must ask ourselves, “How can we work in such a way that God is glorified?”
We cannot leave God at the doorstep of our workplace. We must take him with us on vacation and when we go to our local gathering place. He’s got to hang out with us everywhere we go. If he’s not there, we can’t do our job. Never get confused about who your employer is. It’s not the name of the remitter on your paycheck. It’s the guy who created the tree that was used for the paper.
I’ve noticed lately that Netflix airs many shows that portray Christians as believers of fiction, or fairytales. It’s come to my attention that nearly every day is celebrated on my Google page, including National Doughnut Day, but on Easter, there was nothing. I’ve seen gatherings and events blocking the mere mention of Jesus justifying the ban as a constitutional issue. Sad, but true.
It’s pretty simple. Just follow my dad’s advice to me and behave as God expects of us. “Do your job.”
Rick Stanfield is a syndicated columnist, professor, motivational speaker and author. His latest book is “I Can and I Will.” For more information, visit his website at www.rickstanfield.com.