Living Your Faith Out Loud (even at work!)

Dec 2, 2009, Written by Sue Miley

Is Jesus mentioned in your business?  Do you discuss your values and where they come from with or in front of employees or coworkers?  I know that when we are at work we are busy and hopefully productive, so you may not sit around chatting about anything.  But I want to make a case for living your faith out loud!

It took me 36 years before I found faith in Jesus Christ.  I was a workaholic and spent most of my waking ours at work or with people I worked with.  I find it interesting looking back that in the 18 years of working in the business world, only 3 people expressed their faith to me or in front of me.  I am not even talking about witnessing to me directly.  One man used to pray quickly before he ate.  He didn’t ask anyone else to pray, he just bowed his head and said a quick prayer.  That act in itself made a huge impact on me.

It is interesting because I worked at one company for twelve of the eighteen years.  I became a Christian in my last year at the company.  After I became a Christian, and even after I no longer worked there, I found that many of my coworkers were serious about their faith.  But it wasn’t until after I became a Christian, and I had the new excitement and wanted to talk about God with everyone and anyone, that people opened up about their faith.

I can’t help but wonder if I may have found God, or been more open to Him when He was finding me, had I been exposed to Christian living or Christian values earlier.  One of the other people who did mention their faith actually turned down the job we offered so she could go with a ministry to Mother Theresa’s Leper Colony.  When she returned she was bold enough to come and ask if she could still have a job.  She was quite a witness just in the way she lived, and actual was instrumental in my walk.  She even came to my baptism.

Even without saying anything we can make a positive impact for God’s Kingdom as my friend did who prayed before meals.  We can talk about our involvement at church or that we are always in a positive mood because we have the “hope” of Christ.  We can just make a statement by saying we won’t be open on Sundays or that we are excited about singing in the church choir for Christmas.  Just providing some hint, that may be all it takes to plant a seed.

I don’t want to get anyone in trouble at their job, but if you are a Christian business owner, you have a choice. Imagine working with hundreds of Christians for more than ten years and not being able to tell from what they said or how they lived….Jesus tells us to make disciples of all nations.  i am not sure how much impact we will make if we keep our faith a secret.  Not talking about our faith can become a habit, just like anything else.  Now knowing the life transforming power of salvation I am committed to living my faith out loud!

What ideas do you have about making an impact for God’s Kingdom in a way that matches your personality and style?  What has worked for you?

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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.

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