So there I am on Saturday afternoon.
Cleaning my oven.
Not because I am a fastidious housekeeper. But because I nearly set off the smoke alarm due to the week’s worth, nay, month’s worth, of “oven droppings” that had built up as a result of my cleaning neglect.
What was I thinking about as I knelt and scraped away those crusty memories of dinners gone by?
I was thinking of you.
Yes, I was thinking (or rather, praying), “How do I reach these women, Lord?” How do I communicate the beautiful truth that you care about their day-to-day. That you care about their work? That their work, no matter how mundane or non-spiritual it seems, can be a tool that you use to impact eternity?
- Truths from the scripture
- Views on your work as a calling from God
- Guidance for living out your calling in the workplace
These things are the result of years and decades of learning and living it.
Day-by-day, year-by-year, of studying and applying, and messing up, and trying again.
What I share with you didn’t come to me overnight. I spent a lot of years in my career flailing around before God started showing me the things I share with you here.
- I am still learning what it means to view my work as a calling from God.
- I am daily tested with the truths from God’s word.
- I am continuing to try out my guidance in various daily situations.
In other words, we are doing this together.
I don’t have all the answers.
I certainly don’t consider myself an expert.
I haven’t mastered any of my teachings.
I’m still a student. I’m still learning. Still growing.
So it’s time to get real. I struggle, just like you do.
When my kids were younger, I felt acutely the pain of “Mommy guilt” when leaving them at daycare.
My house needs more attention than I care to admit. (way beyond the dirty oven!)
There are days even now where I wrestle with the truth that my work matters to God.
I go weeks without sharing my faith with anyone in the workplace.
Some days I have to fight the urge to quit, get in my car, and drive away without looking back.
Are you ready to get real? Can we share our failures and fears honestly and openly?
Can we join together to do this work thing God’s way and learn from each other in the process?
What is your biggest struggle as you seek to do your work for God?
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Instead getting discouraged and giving up, how can we join together to help each other along?
Can you point a sister in Christ to this website? Can you subscribe to receive our emails and then share those with other working women of faith?
God made us sisters in Christ for a reason. That regardless of our backgrounds, geography or careers, God could use us as a united front for His Kingdom work. We can do so much more together than we can alone.
When I was cleaning that oven on Saturday and thinking of you, I thought, “It would be so great to sit down with some of these women over a cup of coffee, and just be real.”
Are you ready?
It’s time to get real.
What about you?
What do you need to be real about today?
What struggles are you having as you live out your calling in the workplace?
How can I help you?