When we enter into a relationship with Jesus, his presence infiltrates every part of our life; our workplace is no exception. Your place of work is an environment full of people with similar passions, skills and interests as you.
You may be someone who dreads the alarm clock or the last few Branflakes appearing in your cereal bowl. You may not enjoy the work you perform but it doesn’t mean you can’t love the people you work with or for. If we can go to work each day with the intention to serving others; that we are serving God, our workplaces will fill with amazing opportunities where genuine friendship and openness can grow. Maybe our colleagues will meet God in ways we may have never expected?!
Here are some ways we can create stories in our workplace, using the Story Culture framework of love practically, grow relationally, and serve daily:
ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES
Take the Apostle Paul’s advice from 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.”
FIND OUT WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUE’S ENJOY DOING OUTSIDE OF WORK
Isn’t it great when someone shows an interest in you or your hobby? Take the time to get to know one of your colleagues outside of your work environment. Take an opportunity to go out with them for a coffee or the pub after work. Open up your lifestyle to others and see how God moves.
GO THE EXTRA MILE
We all know people who go the extra little to make things the best that they can and, as disciples of Jesus, we have the amazing opportunity to do the same.
It was Jesus who first coined this famous phrase in Matthew 5:41, “go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.” Jesus always went the extra mile in his life. One example of this can be found in The Book of John, when after a meal with the disciples, Jesus washed every individual’s feet. The profound factor is that he did it with wilfully and without complaint. What an amazing attitude to carry.
Work with a culture of excellence in everything you do, whether it’s simply being in-time for work, meeting your deadlines early or adding a biscuit to the cup of tea you make for a colleague!
Now go create some great moments in your workplace and don’t forget to let us know how it went!