Is there more than just being a human-doing?
In a world that is filled with information and headlines, it is all too easy to not be original. It is easier to pick a headline and attach your identity to it as fear of criticism for standing out tends to hijack your beliefs, but what if you could stand for something that resonates deep within you? What if you woke up every morning for a reason connected with your inner being? What if there was more than just being a “human doing”? What if you could thrive as a “human being” that serves your inner calling? What if you live each day for something that inspires you on a spiritual level and is much deeper than just the surface? Living with purpose.
Bringing Christian Beliefs to the Workplace.
It takes a fearless conviction to go out on a limb and take your religious views to the workplace. I say this because I speak from experience. As a small business owner, my name represents the company brand and vice versa. The fear of criticism and backlash from the marketplace was a large deterrent for me when I considered bringing my Christian beliefs into the workplace.
Ultimately, what pushed me over the hump was my inner conviction to want to be more than a “human doing”. After a hand full of years of working relentlessly to establish my brand and get the company off the ground in the local market, I still felt unfulfilled. Day by day, I grinded and took a lot of risks as an entrepreneur, but the achievements and financial growth only felt like a part of the equation. There was more within me that wanted to rise to the surface - my Christian roots. It is my love for Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, that leads to my fulfillment. It was that realization that led me to recognize that my calling in this life is not to merely “do” but to serve Him through doing.
Work detached from the Lord God is just that, work.
As Genesis 2:15 refers to, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to take care of it.” It does not say that the Lord God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to relax, but rather to work. We are created to work and to work well. That I do not deny. However, work detached from the Lord God is just that, work.
I know that I have been given gifts to lead. I also know that I am called to both mission and business. With these gifts and callings contributing to my inner turmoil as a young entrepreneur, I recognized that I did not have to give one up; but rather I was the truest version of myself with all three. To realize my purpose as a leader in business with a Christian mission was the truest blessing. However, coming to this realization was only the start. It was the transfer from just a leader in business to a leader in business with a Christian mission that would require the largest a leap of faith.
A marketplace with little remnant of Christianity.
Taking that step of faith is not for everyone. It requires courage and confidence in who you are to go out on a limb in a marketplace that seems to have very little remnant of Christianity. Rather, Christianity is left at Church on Sundays or amongst colleagues behind closed doors; but taking my Lord and Savior to the marketplace seems like a small sacrifice when compared to the sacrifice that He made for me. My cross will be taken up, not only on Sundays and at bible study; but every day as I tend my own garden in the form of the legacy that I leave through my business.
How do you feel about faith and works?