On a Wednesday morning we have a prayer group that meets from 6h30-7h30 at our company. It is a wonderful gathering that fills me with hope, connects me with my faith, and offers support and encouragement for the week. But, it also allows me to see many of our staff arriving at work to start the day.
It is pretty sobering to see people arriving for work, knowing that they have 9 hours ahead of them, and many of them don't look energised, let alone blessed, by the prospect of being at work. I can understand some of the practical considerations that make going to work difficult - the mother of a newly born baby who longs to be with her child. That father of a sick wife who arrives at work worried about how his wife is feeling. The person who has to face a difficult boss, and those who don't particularly enjoy the tasks they are to do in order to earn an income and survive.
Indeed, work can be difficult - but, the good news is that there is MORE to work than just working! There is an immeasurable opportunity to find blessing at work by allowing God to use you to BECOME a blessing at work. And, it may be much simpler and easier to do than you think!
Listen to this interview between Particia McNaught Davis from Radio Helderberg and Dion Forster (broadcast on the 15th of June 2010 - 8mb MP3) and you may just get a few insights to help you to discover that your work life can be transformed into an extraordinary calling. Something that you look forward to, because there is a sense of incredible significance and purpose in what you're doing there - you are sent by God to achieve His will in that place, among those people, and within those systems! Indeed, 'work can be worship' (Col 3.23-24).
You can also download the first few chapter of the book 'Transform your work life: Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling' and read all about Graham Power and how God is using him in business, and also about Dion Forster - a pastor who has been sent by God to work in the marketplace.
You can purchase copies of the book (with a free leather journal) for on R88 (just over US$10) at ChristianRepublic. Or if you're in South Africa you can pick up copies at Wordsworth books, Exclusive Books, CUM books etc.