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- Be bold but smart
- Take risks – but don;t be reckless just for the sake of being reckless
- Pray for your enemies
- Use your gift(s)
- Work hard
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Last week we looked at the?sloth?- the sixth deadly workplace sin which Ung and Stevens describe as working too little or alternatively too much.
The test of integrity is always what we do, how we behave, when no one is looking. The faithful worker continues to focus on the important matters when the boss is away, when the customer is not there to check the quality of the service being provided or the widget being produced.
Faithfulness of course is fundamental to the character of our God and indeed his Son, Jesus:
For this reason he [Jesus] had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and?faithful?high?priest?in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17)
[Read more…] about Taking Your Soul to Work ? Faithfulness: Workplace Integrity (Chapter 15)
Over the last two weeks, we have looked at the sloth?and faithfulness. Sloth is described as the sixth deadly workplace sin by Ung and Stevens which they explain is working too little or alternatively too much. The alternative they propose is faithfulness – experiencing a pattern of life that produces excellent work without being consumed by it.
As someone who has regularly been consumed by work over the years, I faced this chapter with both anticipation and fear – anticipation of the insights that the authors would provide but fear that I would be challenged to change some deep and unhelpful routines and habits that I had developed over 40+ years in work settings. ?
I was not disappointed! [Read more…] about Taking Your Soul to Work ? Life Giving Rhythms (Chapter 24)
What a different take on sloth Stevens and Ung present in this Chapter 9! ?
What comes to your mind when you hear the word sloth? Here’s my list:
[Read more…] about Taking Your Soul to Work ? Sloth: Pathological Busyness (Chapter 6)
Welcome again to?Wednesday Workout. ?This week, we are pleased to welcome a new blogger to Malyon Workplace – Jennifer Cavanough. Jennifer is excited about the prospect of talking to different people about how their faith works out in their occupation. ?In her first Wednesday Workout, Jennifer had a chat with Sue, a consultant working in the challenging area of disability support.
I interviewed Sue (a pseudonym) who works as an education consultant in the area of disability support, helping teachers meet the needs of students with disabilities in the regular classroom. Her work covers a broad range of students including those with severe and multiple disabilities through to students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, autism etc.? Sue is part of a support team that works in schools in response to requests from Principals.
[Read more…] about WEDNESDAY WORKOUT: Supporting people with disabilities
This is the question sitting behind these two statements that we ask people to respond to in our on-line Worker Survey (if you have not participated and would like to, click here):?
In other words, does following Jesus impact on how we think?about work and the way we?do?work??Here’s the results from our first 47 participants: [Read more…] about Should following Jesus make a difference in the workplace?
Surrendered Contentment: Experiencing the satisfaction of who you are, what you have, and what you do.
?In chapter 23, Stevens and Ung conclude their discussion of anger (the desire to control) and gentleness (the strength of meekness) by considering surrendered contentment – the outcome of a spirit-led life in the workplace.
How contented are you with the current state of your working life?
When our answers to these question are not positive, we often lapse into a complaining attitude – the outworking of a lack of contentment. As Ung points out:
‘It’s hard to be satisfied with what we have. However, as Christians, we are called to live a surrendered life. ?Such a surrendered life need not be a weakness but can be a position of strength. We are imitating the Lord Jesus, who demonstrated inner strength by walking resolutely toward the cross because he had surrendered his will to his loving Father.’
[Read more…] about Taking Your Soul to Work ? Surrendered Contentment (Chapter 23)
Gentleness: Empowering others by renouncing personal agendas and expressing meekness.
Is there a place for the quality of gentleness in the ?world of the modern business – ?a world often described as competitive, cut-throat and hard-nosed and where the agenda of the strong and powerful dominates?
After a round of golf this week, I was chatting with a former student who had moved from the world of education to real estate sales. ?”It’s a tough business, ” he explained, “There are a lot of deceitful people out there.” ?While as far as I know my golfing companion is not a Christian, I could sense his struggle to remain true to his principles in the face of a culture where it is very much the ‘survival of the fittest’.
So, is it possible for a Christian to survive let alone thrive in such an environment? ?Stevens and Ung suggest that, “…it is in the shark-infested waters of the business world that the godly qualities of gentleness are most needed.”
The Greek word for gentleness speaks of the bridled horse – a horse that has learnt to accept discipline and respond to the bidding of its master. ?Moses, described as ‘more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth’ (Numbers 12:3) was such a person. ?At Christmas, we sing of Jesus as ‘meek and mild’ (Matt 11:29). ?Paul writing to the Philippians urged his readers to let their gentleness be evident to all (4:5). ?
[Read more…] about Taking Your Soul to Work ? Gentleness: The strength of meekness (Chapter 14)
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