Integrating Faith & Work

This, I think, is the most challenging task for strong believers in the marketplace; regardless of where you reside – non-exempt (hourly), exempt (middle to upper management), or executive level (the top of the pecking order).

It can be even more challenging for those of us, who are stronger than average believers and really desire their faith to determine their life’s work, rather than what they actually do to earn income and make a living.

There are 5 questions that I’ve found myself asking on a regular basis to determine if I’m doing the best I can to allow my faith and my work to co-exist in a way that is mutually beneficial for all involved.

1. Am I willing to subordinate my needs to the degree necessary for my faith and my work to co-exist?
2. Do I model a Christ-like life in a way consistent enough that I’m viewed differently from others?
3. Do I view every interaction in my life as an opportunity to be available to others, regardless of their inconsistency?
4. Am I examining myself daily to determine where I’m being inconsistent?
5. Am I surrounding myself with resources that encourage me in my consistency daily?

There are none of us at any level that are perfectly consistent and therein lies the most difficult challenge of all. Our basic all too fallible human DNA insures that perfect consistency is simply impossible.

Truth Be Told, the challenge, as always, is in our efforts to do so.

Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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