WorkLife Blog

  • On Holy Ground!

    "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths." (Psalm 25:4)The deepest activity of God all the way through the Bible is in the marketplace. God takes up residence in His people, and then functions through His people in the world. The difficulty is that the marketplace is not encountering God in the lives of His people as it ought to.   Read More...

  • Workplace Witnessing Tips

    DO work with skill and excellence. Our faith should lead us to strive to excel on the job. As the Apostle Paul reminded us, we are to work as unto the Lord.   Read More...

  • Turning Job Loss Into a Journey of Faith

    Monte’s phone seldom rings anymore. Seven months of unemployment have wrung all the words out of his well-meaning friends, and they no longer know what to say to encourage him. Dozens of resumes and a handful of interviews have produced only rejection, and Monte’s once-certain confidence is now disappearing.   Read More...

  • Workplace Enemies

    Parker Palmer was right when he defined community as “that place where the person you least like is.” What is true for communities in general seems especially true in the workplace.Just about everyone has someone they work with who drives them nuts. Maybe it is a coworker in a similar position. Harder still when the crazy-making person is a boss or someone “higher up”.   Read More...

  • Work as Worship

    Nursing is my profession, my daily work. But it is also an important way I worship God. For me, work and worship have become like two blades of a scissors; one is useless without the other.   Read More...

  • Dr. James Dobson Family Talk with Doug Spada

    You will love this radio show. WorkLife Founder Doug Spada was featured on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk!   Read More...

  • Guilt and the Working Mom

    I cuddled my five-month-old firstborn, wishing she were awake, wishing the evening were longer. She slept as only a baby can, her soft breath caressing my neck. I wished I could coo to her, watch her smile, laugh, drool — anything.   Read More...

  • Momma Dog's Vacation

    We all need a break occasionally. This was painfully brought to my attention recently when I found myself snapping at my kids with the least bit of provocation, and my 13-year-old dryly remarked, “Aren’t WE grumpy?!” It was time to get out of Dodge.I headed to the hills. The Hill Country that is, an hour and a million miles away from my suburban strip-mall city life and the carpool line.   Read More...

  • What's Your Moan Time at Work?

    Moan: def. verb - to grumble, whine, complain or gripe either in thought or word.What if God actually cares more about your Monday than Sunday?Your work is valuable to God. He never intended any part of your life to be kept apart from a relationship with Him.   Read More...

  • Prayer as Preparation for Our Work

    Modern life militates against prayer as preparation for our daily work. Now that our household is an empty nest, I find time for solitude and spiritual reflection in the morning. When our four children were home, however, my morning model for the chil­dren was “prayer on the run.” Sometime during the day they might see me alone with my Bible, and we finally settled on Sunday night as the time reserved for family prayer.   Read More...

  • Meeting Jesus at Work

    Read John 21:1-12What is My Workplace Like? A long night on the water. Acrid smoke fills the air from torches lit to draw fish to the light and nets, burning eyes that have been awake all night, straining to see through the dark. Waves slap against the boat.   Read More...

  • Appointed for Work

    Keeping His presence your priority at work is essential. FACT: you can do nothing of significance without Him. Listen to Jesus: "I am the vine, and you are the branches.   Read More...

  • M-Powered at Work

    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.  (1 Corinthians 4:20 - NIV)One definition of power is the ability or capacity to perform or act effectively. No matter what your job or profession, the desire to act and perform effectively is natural. Your desire to be productive is not only for your own good but also for the good of others and your family.However, to be your best you will absolutely need God’s power.   Read More...

  • My View of Vocation Changed!

    My father was a coal miner in Australia. He worked in that industry for nearly forty years. During that whole time he was also a devout Christian, and for most of that time he was a deacon in our local Baptist church.   Read More...

  • Shaping our Workplace: Shoulder to Shoulder

    Shaping our Workplace: Shoulder to Shoulder - WorkLife.orgTherefore, I urge you, brethren, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:1-2"You have bled with Wa...  Read More...

  • Serving God Right Where You Are

    “Construction is like eating dirt all day long,” Larry, a building contractor, said. “It can be a very negative business depending on your perspective. I wasn’t finding meaning in what I was doing.   Read More...

  • Set Apart at Work

    Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart... (Jeremiah 1:5 - NIV) Sundays are not more spiritual than Monday! Mondays are not "just work" with Sundays being the really spiritual days.   Read More...

  • Ministry in Every Job

    So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking around life--and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1 - The Message) A common misunderstanding extracts a heavy toll on us. Many believe that life fits into one of two compartments.   Read More...

  • Is My Job Ministry?

    ...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Throughout the Bible, workers served God in many forms: farmers, priests, ranchers, carpenters, doctors, tax collectors, temple (church) workers, guards and hundreds of other trades are also mentioned. If you think about it, most jobs we have today were represented in the Bible--we may be more high tech, and mass production oriented, but the jobs are similar.   Read More...

  • Short Circuit

    May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us--yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17) We all want purpose in life and work; but, an all too common belief creates a powerful drain on your purpose. We call this a short circuit.   Read More...

  • Work Is Not Cursed

    The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15) Let's clear up a common misunderstanding and hopefully change some thinking. Have you ever heard of work being referred to as "cursed"?   Read More...

  • Work is Good

    God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31a) Growing up I was warned by my parents to watch out for "bad" 4-letter words. For some reason they would pop into my head just trying not to think about them.   Read More...

  • Good Habits at Work

    Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. (1 Thessalonians 5:15) You do many involuntary things in your life just by habit. You can drive your car without consciously thinking about turning the steering wheel in a certain direction.   Read More...

  • Thank God It's Monday

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. (Colossians 3:23-24) Okay, here we are at Monday morning. How are you feeling?   Read More...

  • Work as Ministry

    I like the word "laity." Not many people use this word today; in fact, most young people are completely unfamiliar with the term. "Laity" is derived from the Greek word laos, and is used in the Bible to refer to "the people of God." It is an inclusive word, a word that encompasses everyone from prestigious leaders to the most powerless. The Church's Unfortunate Legacy In the history of the early church, distinctions evolved which glorified the position, or status, of some Christians over others....  Read More...

  • Don't Let Your Workplace Divert You from God's Plan

    Too many people never reach their goal which they set for themselves in their workplace. They entered their workplace with a clear sense of mission and a high determination "to make a difference." Along the way there is a trembling, or a sorrow, or even a sense of failure that the highest and best of ideals are not and may not be reached. Over the years, talking with hundreds of people who have experienced this trauma, I have heard them exclaim, "How did this happen?   Read More...

  • Riding the Waves at Work

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. - Colossians 3:23 Surviving in business today takes more than talent and intelligence. It also demands an ability to "ride the waves." During my more than twenty years with the Sun Company, Inc., a number of waves have swept the oil industry: from diversification to simplification; decentralization to centralization; pure research to applied research; and from self-sufficiency to contracting for as many outsid...  Read More...

  • When People Let You Down

    Was any Bible character let down by more people than Joseph? (See Genesis 37-40) Think of the disappointments he experienced in the first thirty years of his life. He was let down by his family.   Read More...

  • A Community Transformed

    Fresh out of college, Kevin began working for an international industrial conglomerate that designs and manufactures aerospace parts. After a number of years and positions of greater responsibility, he was given the opportunity to become General Manager of a plant located in a town in the Southwest called Redmond. What he found was not good.   Read More...

  • Labor of Love

    MONDAY MORNING, rush hour, road construction. Six words that bring despair to the heart of the commuter. Six words that describe one reason why so many working Americans spend Monday morning mourning Monday.   Read More...

  • Calling and Work

    In many churches, and in the lives of many Christians, the Christian faith does not seem to have that much to do with work. A survey estimates that:75% of Christians have never been asked by their minister or pastor about their witness at work, only 50% had ever heard a sermon on work, and only 25% had been taught a theology of work. This is a great tragedy, because Christians who work spend more time in the workplace than any other place.   Read More...

  • Working as for the Lord

    One of the fundamental principles of Marketplace Christianity is working as for the Lord, as it says in Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23 (NIV) This revelation is so powerful that if even one person at the lowest level job gets it, it can change an entire company. When I was leading my business a few years ago, many of the believers in the company asked me to hold a meeting and talk from a Christian perspective...  Read More...

  • Treating Our Tasks as from God

    Once we change bosses [from men to Christ], we are to obey our earthly bosses “just as we would obey Christ” (Eph 6:5). Even though our tasks are dictated by others, we are to treat them as if they come directly from the throne of God. Then we become “like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from our heart” (Eph.   Read More...

  • Prayer in the Workplace

    Of the 132 instances recorded in the Gospels, 122 of Jesus' interactions with people took place in homes or places of business, not in places of worship. He prayed and healed and ministered in the midst of daily life – in the streets of the marketplaces and in the family kitchens. He may have said, “Come to Me,” but in truth, He went to people and touched them where they lived and worked.   Read More...

  • Knowing God Through Our Work

    At the heart of Christianity is God’s call to us to know Him personally. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, ministered to men and women to show the reality of God’s invitation to ordinary people to be His friends. When we look at what’s happening here, we see that all parts of people’s lives matter to God.   Read More...

  • A Mustard Seed Story

    Tired of that job? We hear that a lot--and we may feel it at times. The third quarter numbers are in, and the boss is taking it out on you.   Read More...

  • Work and Human Relationships

    Work is one of the three vital dimensions in human relationships which are ordained by God. Worship, wedlock, and work stand together in the Creation story… Work reflects our relationship with God and our neighbor as well. Therefore, we can advance to the principle that our work relationships are integral to our human nature.   Read More...

  • The Monday to Friday Holy Land

    I was at a meeting recently for a church group that was planning a conference.The planners got very excited when they started discussing the side excursions they could offer the participants. "We can go to visit the holy places around Santa Fe," they said. "There's the Native American burial grounds, the old Spanish mission, the cathedral, the holy mountains and...." "I know a Christian who works there," I offered.   Read More...

  • How to Really Know What Matters in Your Work

    “Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on the mountainside and sat down…and he began to teach them.” (Matthew 5:1-2) If you’re like I am, you work for a living. It’s not always fun, it’s not always meaningful, but most months it pays the bills. Let me ask you to take two minutes and think about this job of yours.   Read More...

  • Our Work and Our Calling

    When we were children, how many times did interested (or nosey!) relatives or acquaintances ask us: "What are you going to be when you grow up?" The same question pursued us through junior high school and high school; in college, the question persisted, except then we were asking ourselves : "What should I do with my life? What kind of job do I want?" In mid-life, the question is still there, but with another wrinkle: "Is it time for a job change? Am I going to do this work for the rest of my li...  Read More...

  • Affecting Your Office Atmosphere

    A boisterous personality and infectious laugh. His presence itself was big and his booming voice even bigger. This was a man that captured your attention, and once you studied him for a moment, you were completely captivated.   Read More...

  • How Revival Started in the Marketplace

    This is a record of something God did 150 years ago in New York City. It illustrates how God has started every harvest time in history through the concerted prayer of his people. Toward the middle of the 19th century the glow of earlier religious awakenings had faded.   Read More...

  • Being Unashamed

    Many believers mistakenly believe that their primary obligation in the workplace is to preach. For some this might be true, but for most it is not. Many misconstrue the Great Commission of Matt 28 and Mark 16 as their mandate.   Read More...

  • Gossip, Backbiting and Jealousy at Work, Part 2

    We've been looking at the unpleasant reality of dealing with gossip, backbiting and jealousy. Certainly many work environments are filled with those things, and we need guidance on how to deal with this. But before we can deal with it in others, we must clean any trace of it out of our own lives.   Read More...

  • Gossip, Backbiting and Jealousy at Work, Part 1

    Gossip, backbiting and jealousy—these are topics I would prefer to avoid because they're not much fun! But these are very real issues facing marketplace Christians. Gossip is defined as mischievous or idle talk about the affairs of others.   Read More...

  • Church: Nothing More Than a Sunday Affair

    I fear, wherever riches have increased the essence of religion has decreased in the same proportion. Therefore I do not see how it is possible, in the nature of things, for any revival of true religion to continue long. For religion must necessarily produce both industry and frugality, and these cannot but produce riches.   Read More...

  • A New Job Description

    Recently I had been invited to an informational meeting of the Deacon’s Ministry Team of our church. The invitation was prompted by a recent conversation with our minister about my spiritual journey in need of a new spark. My spiritual practice consisted mostly of attending Sunday worship and daily prayer dictated by my mood or my schedule.   Read More...

  • What's that Bible doing on your desk?

    As a young executive, I remember my dad telling me: "I don't trust anyone who has a bible on their desk at the office." I was immediately ready for an argument. How could he be so cynical? Weren't these people being a "good witness?" I asked him why he felt so negative about this practice.   Read More...

  • The Spirit of God in the Workplace

    Do you think of God's Holy Spirit as present or even concerned about your workplace? Is God interested in your Monday through Friday responsibilities? Do you view your job skills as gifts from God?   Read More...

  • The Sacredness of Work

    An auto mechanic with bruised, cracked hands — the product of years of hard, often thankless work — fiddles with that spaghetti-like labyrinth of wires, cylinders and other confusing stuff under the hood of your car that few of us can even begin to understand. He is a working man you’re mighty pleased to have around when you are stranded out in the middle of nowhere. Tell me his work isn’t sacred!   Read More...

  • Even on the Job

    No part of our lives should remain untouched by our faith. Yet the single biggest consumer of our time (our job) often does remain disconnected from that faith. How it got to be that way is a question for another time.   Read More...

  • God Brings Prayer Focus to the Office

    “Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.” - Mark 11:24. A few years back, my wife, Katy, and I went to a conference in Atlanta called Marketplace Leaders Summit. It was there that I first heard the term “intercessor.” I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but it was an exciting concept.   Read More...

  • Work is a Place Where You Live Out Your Faith

    As I look across the landscape of believ­ers today, I see a lot of Christians wrestling with what a true disciple of Christ should look like in the workplace. Somewhere along the way, we've lost our vision for how Christ would con­duct ministry at work. Over the last century, the business culture has been constantly reinventing itself with new technologies and innovations.   Read More...

  • Do “Legos” Matter to God?

    “Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Everything is awesome when we’re living our dream!” If you have kids or grandkids and have seen the Lego Movie, you probably hate me right now for getting that crazy theme song stuck in your head again!   Read More...

  • 3 Ways to Gain Greater Clarity in Complexity

    Have you ever been held spellbound as you listened to a public speaker teach from an area of expertise? Such talks are unforgettable aren’t they?I’ll never forget one such message I was privileged to hear. It was given by a premier eye surgeon—one of the leaders at the church where I was pastoring at the time.   Read More...

  • May I Help You?

    Don't you find it appalling when people who make a living in service-oriented jobs act as if you are presuming upon them by expecting to receive the services they were hired to render? You walk up to a clerk at a fast food restaurant and she looks at you with that “Come-on-buddy-you're-keeping-me-waiting-here” look. Or you go up to a floorwalker in one of those huge discount stores and he looks at you as if to say, “If you think I'm here to help you, you've got another thing coming.” Or how abou...  Read More...

  • 1 Essential Practice for Finding Greater Meaning and Mission In Your Work

      I was captivated recently by a story I read about Billy Graham in a book entitled “With” by Skye Jethani: He arrived to do an interview for the Today show in 1982.  As he entered the studio, one of the program’s producers informed Mr. Graham’s assistant that a private room had been set aside for the reverend to pray before the broadcast.   Read More...

  • Faith at Work

    When Mary was sixteen and getting ready to go to Harvard, she wanted to study business. She also wanted to serve Jesus. Torn by what she saw as conflicting desires, she marched into the office of her Presbyterian pastor in Salinas, California, and presented her career dilemma.   Read More...

  • A Spiritual Awakening for the Church

    Over one hundred thirty years ago, a spiritual awakening occurred in America that resulted in over one million people coming to Christ. Most say that this was the greatest revival in American history. The origins of that revival started and were sustained in the workplace.   Read More...

  • What’s Wrong With: “Don’t Worry; Be Happy!” Work Advice?

    What is the worst advice you have ever been given? I was relaying a story to a friend recently regarding some advice my father received from a prison chaplain years ago. Prior to his incarceration, he had met a woman who shared his struggles with alcohol addiction.   Read More...

  • Your Work is Important to God

    And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. -- Genesis 1:28 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.   Read More...

  • Do You Have Spiritual Schizophrenia?

    Consider the following story of a Spiritually Schizophrenic manager. He desperately wanted to have a life with more meaning and broader impact. He deeply desired to invest his life doing something that mattered most to God and assumed that this meant that God was callinghim to serve more inhis church, perhaps even as a staff member, helping to fulfill his church’s mission.   Read More...

  • You Remain in Church While You're at Work?!

    Ruts pose two hazards for a bike rider. One, they're hard to get out of. Two, they take control of the steering.   Read More...

  • Equipped for the Workplace

    May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. - Hebrews 13:20 "We've spent too much time equipping those in the workplace to do our ministries rather than equipping them to do the ministry God has called them to in the workplace," said a t...  Read More...

  • Just Another Day at Work

    Many of you will go to work today. What do you think is your mission at work? Have you even thought about work this way before?   Read More...

  • A Business Transformed

    “When I started this business, personal security was one of my main priorities. Several years ago, the Lord changed my heart and now my desire is to serve and glorify the Lord in the work I do and the company does. This desire and prayer have had a huge impact on me and how we operate our company.” Justin owns and operates a freight forwarding business that specializes in transporting fresh and frozen products.   Read More...

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