Your Faith and Your Career: Should You Keep Them Separate?
Many say that life is all about finding balance. But can there ever really be a balance when it comes to your faith and the part of your life that occupies the majority of your day: your work?
In Colossians 3:23 we are reminded, “Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
As Christians, our faith is not something that can be considered separate when we walk through a set of doors. We don’t suddenly rid ourselves of our faith because we arrive at work. The complicated aspect of this for so many is how to approach our work life without forgetting or dismissing our beliefs.
So how can you approach a job that often challenges your beliefs? Or how can you remain steadfast in the Lord while still doing a good job at work? We have some insight.
Finding Purpose in Everything You Do
First, remember that you were brought to this Earth for a purpose.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” -Proverbs 19:21
When we’re in a career that often feels like a mismatch or perhaps challenges our faith, we must take some time to ask Why? Why did God choose to place you there? It may be difficult to see your purpose at first but each day you are making a profound difference on those around you without realizing it.
Your perspective is important. While your coworkers may be struggling with anger or the inability to get along with a fellow colleague, you have the ability to provide them with guidance and an ethical perspective. You are likely already leading by example without realizing it.
Christianity Isn’t Something You Do Outside of Work
As we mentioned earlier, just because you walk through a set of doors doesn’t mean you suddenly become a different person. Of course, we know that how we behave at work is different than how we would behave if we were at home lounging on the sofa. But it’s critical to find ways of being true to your faith without hindering your work. Certainly, there will be times where you’ll be challenged to make a decision based on your faith and career. For example, many businesses use the setting of a bar to take clients out for drinks. You might be invited. Should you go?
These decisions are all about being transparent. Are you living an authentic life?
We Can’t Face These Challenges Alone
As Christians, we experience many obstacles and challenges that may seem unique to us but when we come together, we’ll find that we have many shared experiences. Coming together to read the Word is how we overcome these feelings of doubts, worry, guilt or confusion. It’s critical that we do our part to remain steadfast in our faith.
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