Sharing Christ in the Workplace

Paul writes in Romans 12

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

I love how The Message translates this verse.

Our Culture and Generation is becoming more and more negative and selfish. At times It can be overwhelming to be the example of God working in you or sharing Christ in the already negative workplace. For myself last year was extremely rough. Once I changed my base (I’m a Flight Attendant), I did not expect my view or attitude to turn completely around. Since I finally felt like I was doing God’s will, living and soaking in that ‘Joy’ people talk about but hadn’t experience yet. My job duties were not going to change, only the location. This should be good, a bit out of the comfort zone, yet exciting and something new.

Without realizing it overnight I allowed all this negativity into my heart. Who knew flight crews were so bitter! It’s such an exciting job, a career like no other, how could I have let such an opportunity that God had chosen for me go to waste. I went through an intense 3-week training during which I have never felt so close to Him before. With so many people praying for me every single day to pass daily tests, how could I consider leaving it all? Honestly, did not even think twice about those things, I wanted to do nothing but quit. “It’s too hard, it’s not fun anymore God. The Joy has vanished, I don’t want to be here anymore.”

Then I went on a mission trip to Atlanta for 3 days to do homeless ministry. Even the hour flight to Atlanta was a struggle, as I could not get on a flight. Once on the ground in Atlanta, I witnessed God working and just being present in others lives. Expecting to share and serve others with the message of Christ, I was really the one who needed to be shown God’s never-ending love and faithfulness. Finally I was able to not just see where I was at, but able to turn around and call on God to forgive me of the selfishness and bitterness. I was strengthened to fight and endure all the negativity in the workplace.

Sometimes the best thing to do is just be, live boldly, positively, smile, and talk to God during daily tasks at work. It’s amazing some of the things he has shown and told me during these mundane tasks. While you continue to grow and have that relationship mature and strengthen, co-workers will see it. This is how we can share the word and love of Christ that is in us. Before we realize it, we are in another season of growth, life, and blessings that our Father loves to show and take us through.

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    • About the Author
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    • Karlene Donahue
    • A Collision Student Leader, Flight Attendant, and Friend. Seeking all that God has in store for her. Enjoys meeting new people and Nestle Crunch Bars. You can follow her on Twitter @karlenemariah.

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