Episode 101: Faith and Prayer at Work

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Welcome to the Your Life Rocks Podcast.  Where we believe life balance is possible.  Yes, even for you.  This show is designed to help working moms focus on the things that matter most in life and helping you balance all that life has for you with practical tips from one working mom to another.  My name is Jenny Stemmerman, and I am so glad that you are here to hang out with me today.

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Today we are talking about faith and your career.  Sometimes as working moms we live our life in silos.  We have our time with God, check.  We get the kids ready for school, check, go to work, check.  Come home and do mom duty, check.  I get it.  It’s what works and helps us stay present and give 100% to what is right in front of us.  Silo living is a good thing…..except when it comes to our faith.  Sometimes we forget to bring it with us into our day.  God becomes an item on our to-do list or something we run to when we need strength, comfort, or hand in our situations.

Have you ever thought about mixing your faith and your career?  Today, I’m going to share three ways that you can do just that.  A special note to our Life Balance Members, all our episodes provide additional bonus resources for you.  For this episode, in the faith area of the resources tab, you will find a worksheet to help you dive a little deeper.  You will also find specific examples, and sample prayers.  If you are not yet a member, you can learn more and start your free 7-day trial by going to LifeBalanceMembership.com

Now, some of this might sound familiar.  A month or so ago I did a video on FB about this exact topic.  But because it’s such an important topic, I wanted to cover it here on the podcast as well.

  1. We have to start with our attitude.  It really does start with our mindset about our job as working moms.  We can sometimes feel guilty about going to work.  We feel guilty about working so far from home, maybe there's a long commute that you have to do.  Maybe you have to work to contribute to the family and you feel like there is no choice, but it’s not your choice.  Maybe you work because you really enjoy it.  But even if that is the case, there will be days when you don’t.  I don’t know a job out there that is 100% great or 100% bad.  There are days where we just wish we didn’t have to do a task or even go to work or have to work.  

But what if God had you there for a reason?  What if there is a purpose to the job you are doing right now in this moment?  Maybe there is something that you is trying to show you or teach you.  Maybe you are there to influence others.  Remember that God is in control whatever the circumstances are.  We are called to do our work onto the Lord and not man. Colossians 3:23

Our thoughts dictate our actions and our actions make up our lives.  Begin to shift your attitude to reflect the life that glorifies the Lord.  I know that sometimes work situations can be frustrating.  We might not always understand or can see why God has us where we are.  But we have to have faith that he has a plan for us.  I can get impatient….especially when it comes to work stuff.  I am always eager for the next assignment, for growth, promotion, and blessings in my work.  I know God can move the mountains in the way.  I believe that he loves me and wants good for me, so it can be really frustrating when I gotta deal with situations that are not my ideal.  When I find my mind going down that path, I am reminded of so many different stories of the Bible when someone was destined for something awesome but had to wait for it and even endure not so awesome things in the journey to get there.  Think of Joseph, Joshua, and David.  David was called out as the future King.  The next day he continued with his job of tending to the animals.  How many years he worked doing things unfitting of a King….because God was preparing the way in the world for him to take that assignment.  But God was also preparing a way in David.  Maybe God is preparing a way in you.  Don’t miss it.  

2. Pray for your boss.  Now, this can be a hard one. I've had bosses in the past that I loved and they're still mentors of mine, good friends.  And I've had bosses before that really test my nerves. They make decisions that I don't agree with, that do or say things that I leave me wondering how they are actually my boss. Maybe you have been there too.  

It’s easy to judge and comment on their performance we stay focused on ourselves.  But in truth, those that are in authority usually have a lot of stress.  Those kinds of positions come with a lot of responsibility, and pressure.  Maybe you are the boss of a team, then you know.  It’s not easy.  What is easy is criticizing decisions that are made when we might not have all the details.  It’s human nature to react.  We see this not just at work but with the government, with churches, and other organizations.  A better response than judging, praying.  We need to be lifting our leaders up in prayer.  Inside Life Balance Membership, I have added a sample prayer challenging you to praise God for the talents and gifts he has given them.  Asking God to strengthen and use those strengths for God’s glory.  

Going back to the silos of life, when we are in work mode we can have blinders on to the rest of life.  Remember that your boss is a person too.  Pray for their soul.  Pray that they would know God.  Pray for their family, and their health.  Pray for wisdom, discernment as they make decisions that impact many.  Don’t forget to pray for your bosses boss and other leaders in the organization.

3.  Be the light.  Remember when I said that there is a purpose for where you are and that God has you where you are for a reason.  Whatever it is that you're doing, it’s possible that the reason that God has you where you are might be to be the light in a situation or to be an example of what a Christian looks like.  You know sometimes we work with people and the only Christian that they know is you.  What are they seeing?  I know that can be some pressure and an expectation, but sometimes we need the hard truth….because it is the truth.

You might have a workplace where it's just not ok to talk about and share your faith.  That’s why I love the quote “Preach the gospel and when necessary use words.”  That is our example of how to conduct ourselves at work.

Our actions speak louder than words ever will.  You don’t have to be weird about it, just let your light shine.  Let your choices speak to your values.  What you wear, what you say, or even deciding to not stay late because it’s family dinner night.  It’s amazing the impact you can have on those around you.

I was almost 20 years old when I came to know the Lord and it was by a co-worker. Yes, there are a lot of people in my life at that time that was Christians. in fact my husband was a Christian, although, he kind of walked away from the Lord by the time we had gotten married.  His parents were very involved in the church, and I even went to church with them occasionally.  What changed my heart and let me turn towards God was little conversations that I would have with a co-worker each and every single day.  He would tell me about the peace and hope that he had because of God.  Sometimes he would tell me about a song that he heard, or a book that he read that just inspired him.

It wasn't that he was preaching to me he was just being the light and an example of what it looks like to walk with God. Ultimately that's what led me to become a Christian.

You never know who you are around that you're going to have that opportunity to be able to be that person for them.  Even if it's a small way.  Even if it's just one little comment, one little smile or a note or encouraging email.  You never know what it's going to be.  

So I would encourage you that as you're driving into work that you would just pray over your day pray over those opportunities to be able to be a light.

And when things get stressful throughout your day, that is when we can be tempted to be anything but the light.  We all have those moments at work we're just like, “oh my gosh!”.  We might say things or do things that we look back on and wish that we didn’t.  Use those moments as opportunities to put your best foot forward, pray, and be the light for others.  As you make this a habit, others will see the fruit of the spirit in you.  And you will experience it for yourself.

Know that whatever you are doing for your job, God has you right where he wants you.  Trust him with your career.  Every part of it.  Where you work, how much you make, who you work with.  He can work it all together for good.