The farmers have been busy here in Wisconsin, trying to get their crops in before winter. It’s harvest time!
There’s something that farmers understand that we would do well to learn as we live out our calling in the workplace: there’s a time to plant, a time to water and a time to harvest.
One reason you are called to the workplace is to share God’s love with others around you: fellow employees, customers, bosses, vendors-they all need Jesus. Sharing God in the workplace can feel like a daunting task that is frowned upon and even forbidden. Yet, as you ask God to give you opportunities to share Him and His love with others, you will see doors open for you to do just that.
You are not there to convert everyone in your workplace. You are there to plant, and water, and even sometimes harvest. But remember that God alone gives the increase. He causes that seed of faith that you plant into someone’s life germinate. Then He sends you, or someone else, along to water the seed. If you plant and water, eventually there will be a harvest.
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It’s not about you forcing someone to believe what you believe, or condemning them for their lifestyle choices. It’s about shining the light and love and mercy of God into someone’s life. It’s not about you.
“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.” (1 Corintians 3:7 NLT)
Yesterday I was having a telephone conversation with a sales rep for one of the freight companies we use. We were discussing and resolving an issue at hand. When that was resolved, I asked if he had any opportunity to hunt yet this year. He began telling me about hunting and how he feels as if he spends so much of his time working that he doesn’t get to do the things he would like, including spend more time with his family. “I can’t find that balance.”, he said. You could hear the anguish and depression in his voice.
This opened the door for me to share with him my philosophy on Work/life balance being a myth, and how it’s actually about “center”. I shared how God was the center, and everything flowed out from that relationship into all the areas of my life. I suggested he find his center. Seed planted!
God brought that situation into my workday. I was there for a reason. That man thanked me for bringing that up. He asked if he could use that analogy. He was encouraged. I trust God will give me opportunity to water that seed too, and I trust God to ultimately make the seed grow into a fruitful relationship with Him.
So as you go through the rest of your week, open your eyes, and think like a farmer!