September 2012 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMS
Blog Question of the Month/Need Your Help
Article – Faith and Work
Final Thoughts

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

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Author Kimberly Chastain

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.

Final Thoughts

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 email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.