Your Mission Field
By Kimberly Chastain
One point many Christian
Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is
that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether
or not you can speak openly about your faith at work,
your co-workers are watching. Are they seeing Jesus
in you? Do they see you handle ethical issues in a different
manner than other co-workers? Do they see a peace in
you amidst all of the stress of the job? Do they see
your priorities are in order? Although, we are to be
workers worthy of our hire we are first and foremost
followers of Christ. Do your co-workers see you participating
in the office gossip or do they see you leaving when
those discussions come up? Do your co-workers see you
building up or tearing down? Do they see compassion
in you that is often woefully missing in this get ahead
world we live in?
I know as a Christian
Working Mom often it is very difficult to get time alone
with God. Are you taking your work struggles to him?
Are you asking for his direction in a difficult situation?
Are you praying for your co-workers to come to know
Him? Are you praying that your co-workers who are Christians
to grow in their knowledge of Him?
I hope these questions
make you think. They are convicting to me, when I read
over them. Just in the last few months, I have been
more attuned to God’s leading in my therapy sessions.
Often I will sense God is leading me in a certain direction
that I would not go on my own. When I follow his lead,
I often see many changes in my clients that would not
happen with just my knowledge. I strongly believe God
gives us wisdom and the knowledge to do our jobs. I
also believe there are many times we need to ask God
for wisdom and direction in the everyday tasks in our
jobs. May everything we do glorify God.
My prayer is you will
be a shining light in your workplace. “In the
same way, let your light shine before men, that they
may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
© 2004 Kimberly Chastain
About the Author
Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
She was recently featured in the book the Myth of the
Perfect Mother. She is the author of “Help, I
Just Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement
for Christian Working Moms. To schedule a free, initial
coaching session send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.christianworkingmom.com.
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