After a 16 day partial shutdown, last Thursday, federal government employees and others affected by the shutdown began getting back to their regular days at work. As the majority of my company returned to business as usual, my colleague, boss and I came together to reprioritize our plans for the current fiscal year – including what tasks were essential; which we could defer to a future date; which projects may be reassigned to other team members and whether or not we would continue to engage co-sourcing staff. As we weighed this and that option over the other, we put the focus on what would prove our team most valuable. Once our new plan was in place, I went back to my desk with the charge to get the absolute necessary tasks done and done well.
This new, determined course of action required that I take the time to realign my personal and managerial job responsibilities. As I adjusted budgets, estimate to completions and a number deadlines, the work at hand appeared more and more feasible to get accomplished. And, I realized that all it would take was a change in perspective on what is currently most important.
In turn, my heart was prompted to consider the perspective on what is always most important — His glory.
As we begin a new work week, and as we all begin each workday – whether after a major shutdown or dry season; whether at an international company, mom and pop shop, at home or in school – what are some ways that we can best glorify God in each moment of it?
Here’s 10 to start with…
1. Recognize the value and importance in what you do – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
2. Work for Jesus – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)
3. Work with integrity – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9
4. Become skillful – Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
5. Do what you do, well – Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV)
6. Trust in Him to accomplish the task at hand – “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly…” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NLT)
7. Love and serve those you work with – Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NKJV)
8. Speak life and avoid gossip – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
9. Be different and shine bright – Always be joyful. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NLT); Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV);
10. Go fishing amongst your colleagues – “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19; “Therefore, go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19