I received a great question in response to my last blog titled On Purpose The question was “How do you present this to the class without talking about God.” I had been given the assignment to present and facilitate a group discussion on the importance of having meaning in life.
It is a question I find myself answering a lot in my work life. How do I stay true to my faith and my beliefs in a professional setting? I work for the school district and my beliefs and personal opinions often go against the majority. It is not always easy to know how to respond in certain situations.
People at work know how important my faith is to me. They know I love the Lord and that I am active in my church. I am not quiet about that. What I am quiet about is every little detail I disagree with. I do not compromise my beliefs but I also do not preach them to others unless someone seems interested in hearing them. I have shared my personal testimony with atheists and those that say they are simply “spiritual”.
Can I preach the gospel to anyone at anytime at work? No- but I can present it daily by the way I conduct myself. It says in Ephesians 5:1-2 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.I can present the Good News by being kind, compassionate, and positive. I am generally very high energy at work. I often get asked the question “Why are you so happy all the time?”. When they ask that question I feel as though I have permission to share my faith. They may not believe it yet for themselves but I know they are watching me and wondering if there is something to this story I have shared with them.
I can present the gospel in the information I distribute. As science continues to prove the Bible as true when it comes to well-being, I can give them biblical principles hidden in science. I like to throw a little paraphrased scripture in there as well. It makes me smile to think they are getting the Word without knowing. It also makes the other Christians at work smile to see we do have a voice and a platform.
So how did I present the importance of having meaning in life on Thursday? I stuck to the science of it. I presented the information we had been taught in the days prior. Then, for my personal example I shared a story of how God carried me and my family through a very difficult time and that now when life gets difficult I know deep down it will be okay because God has already proved himself faithful to me in the past. I had presented the scientific truth followed by the real Truth. They couldn’t argue that, even if they didn’t believe it for themselves.
It is not always easy leading a life of love, and please do not think for a second that I am perfect or have it all figured out. There are many days I blow it. Thank God for his grace on those days! However, the more we show the same kindness, forgiveness, and grace that has been so generously given to us, the more we are presenting God to the world. The thought of that is one way to make the drive to work a little better each day :).
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask you to give me boldness in sharing my faith. Bring people into my life that need to hear the Good News. Show me how to present you daily to those in my life. Thank you for your gifts of grace, forgiveness, and compassion. Help me to extend them to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and an Opportunity to Present God,