Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Accepting Change as Opportunity for Growth

A woman came to work for me who had never touched a computer. After forty years in the workplace, she was now faced with the challenge of learning to use a computer. I learned later that she was frightened about the prospects of learning this new technology, but she determined in her heart that she wouldn’t let a computer defeat her, and claimed the promise that she could do all things through him who gave her strength. She was convinced Christ would give her the ability to learn to use a computer. And she did!

CHANGE! We don’t like it, do we? But in order to thrive in any work environment today, we need to be adaptable. This wonderful promise from Philippians is a great one to hold on to when you’re facing an uncomfortable challenge.

Don't be afraid of change. Remember that you can only grow by changing, so the change you’re facing could be a hidden blessing. You can trust God to give you the strength, the knowledge, the aptitude, the patience, and the attitude you need to make that needed change.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
                                                                                                                Philippians 4:13

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Overcoming Fears of the Future

Many people are dealing with the harsh reality of layoffs and “rightsizing.” Has it happened to you? Perhaps you’re facing the possibility of accepting a position with less pay, or losing that overtime money, or doing without that big bonus you were counting on.

This is a good time to check out what and who you really trust. Employment and financial insecurity can quickly reveal some hidden fears within us. Losing that security—or even just having it threatened--can make us see how much we’ve depended on ourselves instead of our God. 

There have been nights that I’ve lain in my bed, sleepless, wondering where the money was coming from to meet my needs. Those were faithless nights of panic and worry. I’m learning to go back to the basics of this wonderful verse and remind myself that God has committed himself to take care of me and meet all of my needs. His riches in Christ Jesus are beyond measure and overflowing. Therefore, I can–and must–learn to trust him.

If you're facing job or money insecurity today, ask God to make this a time when you learn to trust him in new ways. You may discover that this can be an incredibly meaningful time of learning to trust God.

                And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                                                                Philippians 4:19

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

When a Co-worker Tries to Make You Look Bad

Have you ever worked with a person who tried to make you look bad and undermined your position with the boss, in order to make himself or herself look better? How should a Christian react and respond in this predicament?

Of course, we always start with prayer—lots of prayer for this person, as well as for wisdom and understanding. Prayer really helps us gain God's perspective, and without that perspective, our reactions are bound to be less than Christ-like.

Next, find a way to communicate openly with this person, to confront his or her behavior. Obviously, you will need to tailor your approach to fit the circumstances of your own situation, but a few things are important to remember. 

Have you ever noticed that Jesus frequently confronted people over a meal? There's something about sharing a meal together which presents a good environment for touchy discussions. Invite this person to lunch or dinner, your treat, and see if you can open up the communication channels.

Remember that your choice of words is most critical. Give those words much thought and prayer.  If you start by saying, "You know, I’m really sick and tired of the way you always try to make me look bad so you'll look good," you're not likely to have much success. However, you might promote a good communication session if you say, "You know, I think we both recognize the value of a pleasant working environment, and I want to do whatever I can to make that happen. I have sensed some difficulty in our working relationship, and I thought it might be helpful to just talk about it and see if we could find some common understanding that would alleviate that tension.”

Finally, remember that you don't have to cover everything in one conversation. Be willing to take baby steps, and allow time to help.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
                                                                                                                                          Colossians 4:6

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Working with Total Integrity

Have you ever been faced with an ethical decision on your job? Were you ever tempted to adjust those figures a bit to make yourself look better? Or cut a corner here and there on the expense account for a few extra bucks in your pocket? Or lie to your boss to avoid blame for a problem?

Maybe you’ve been asked or urged or told to do something unethical. Like lying about your boss’s availability, or your product’s capability, or your company’s service. The ethical decision you face is a simple one; it’s not difficult to figure out what is the right thing to do. But it may not be easy for you to make that decision because you may indeed put yourself or your job at some risk.

Remember what Solomon taught us: When you walk in integrity, doing what you know is the right thing to do whether it’s easy or not, your path is secure. You’re on solid ground. You don’t have to lie awake at night wondering if you’ll be found out. You will walk securely. 

On the other hand, if you take the crooked path, no matter how inconsequential it may seem, you compromise your integrity and risk your testimony for Jesus Christ. You put yourself on a crooked path, and eventually it will be found out. Even when no one else is watching, God knows.

                The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

                                                                                                Proverbs 10:9