Whatever vocation we find yourselves in, we likely had to undergo some type of trade school, college or even on the job training to do our job effectively. This training is important because it teaches us what to do and how to do it. Those that are the best at what they do, never stop training. They are in a constant process of learning, applying and repeating.
If we want to be effective and impactful workplace believers, we also need to train spiritually. When we are consistent with our spiritual training, we are equipping ourselves to extend that knowledge to others. It also gives us the strength and motivation to face any situation that may come our way.
Our ask for you this month is to do two things in order to further your spiritual training. Consistently spend genuine heartfelt time in prayer and in reading your Bible. Then all you have to do is; Learn - Apply - Repeat
1 Timothy 4:8
For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work
Tip of the month
We all experience a variety of ups and downs in our work life. Sometimes we are in the valleys where we feel far away and separated from God. These are times when things don’t seem to be going our way such as problems with our supervisor, employees, vendors and more. Other times we are on the peaks. These are times when things are good, sales numbers are great, employee morale is high, everything seems to be going our way.
The danger for us as workplace believers is to consider these ups and downs in our day or week as evidence of our closeness or distance from God’s will. This is simply not the case. The plumb line for determining success can be only one thing: obedience.
As workplace Christians, we can make a difference in the world through our work; God has placed us there for a reason. Our job is to learn to be obedient to where the Holy Spirit directs us. We are able to make a difference for the kingdom by helping people, influencing situations, and so much more.
Has God prompted you to do something, or to speak up, or to act, or to come alongside someone. Ask God today to help you hear the whispers and nudges of the Holy Spirit, so that you might be used mightily in your workplace.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
But this command I gave them: Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you
God understands the human heart. He understands that for us to become all that He hopes for us, there are seasons of fire. Some of God’s greatest tests are found in the workplace where we live every day: the employee who betrays our trust, the client who refuses to pay, the vendor who falls short of our expectations. Each of these can be a test from God to find out how we will respond.
Our task for you this month is to ask yourself two important questions; What tests are being brought my way today? Am I responding the way Christ would want me to?
His grace has been provided that we might pass the tests that He brings before us. Should we fail, we need not fear. His grace is sufficient for this as well. Ask God for the grace to walk with Him in whatever tests He has placed before you this day.
"The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests hearts."
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind.
TEAMWORK GOD'S DESIGN
We’ve all heard the saying – “Teamwork makes the dream work”. You can relate to that saying if you have ever been a part of a group of people who work cohesively as a team. It’s almost magical…things are flowing, people are helping each other, talents are on display and the results happen. Sadly, many companies are filled with people who have lost the concept of being a good teammate; instead, they look to put themselves first and behave in ways that show they are not interested in the people or the tasks of the team. The problem with this is twofold: 1) it is not a productive way to work and 2) it’s not pleasing to God because you are not serving others nor are you using the gifts/talents he’s given you to the fullest.
No matter what team you are on, God is looking for you to put others above yourself and to use your gifts and talents as an act of worship onto him. You’re on a team and it’s important to the success of that team that you be engaged. And be assured of this: God has given you specific experiences, skills, and talents that He wants you to use within the teams that you are on. A great example of this, is the metaphor the apostle Paul uses in 1 Corinthians 12:14-26.
This month, be on the lookout for the specific gifts and talents God has given you and use them to your utmost ability to serve others and glorify Him in your workplace!
1 Peter 4:10-
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace, in its various forms.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
Many of us fill our calendars to maximum capacity with tasks, meetings and various work commitments. Have you ever found yourself powering through half of your work day or more, only to realize that you haven’t taken the time to talk to God yet?
Like physical rest, prayer is a time of renewal and strengthening. It is a time when we can truly be still and know that God is God (and that we are not). A time for giving our burdens, anxieties and fears to God – trusting in him for his provisions. A time to trade the sins which so often entangle us for his yoke, which is easy.
Our task for you this month is to prioritize prayer. If you have trouble consistently spending quiet time with God, you can try this tip. Make an appointment with God in your calendar, just like you would with any other business meeting. Do this consistently and you will see the power of prayer manifest itself in your life! We can’t think of a better way for Compass members to start 2023!
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON
It can be easy to get caught up in all the busyness of the holiday season. So busy, that we can almost forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
This holiday season will be busy but please take a moment to pause. Spend some time thinking about the significance of Jesus' birth and what He did for us by dying on the cross.
We want to challenge you to share that reason in your conversations at work, at home and even at the holiday parties you may be attending this year.
Isaiah 9:6- For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
John 1:14- And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
TAMING THE TONGUE
Last month, the topic of our, tip of the month, was disagreements. This month we want to expand on that a little further by addressing how some of these disagreements get started.
Have you ever said something to a boss, employee or coworker, only to realize as soon as the words came out of your mouth, you should not have said it? We have all done that at times.
Controlling the tongue is a problem for many of us. Oftentimes, we create more problems with our words than with our actions. When we speak before thinking, we usually do not honor God with our speech. He would much rather we say nothing at all than speak too quickly. God’s Spirit living in us through the work of Jesus can help us think before we speak, even in the most challenging situations.
Our ask for you this month is simple. The next time you find yourself in a situation where you think you may say something that you would regret… pause for just a moment and think, will this honor God. Put this into practice in your conversations and watch and see, God will honor you for honoring Him.
The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
If you have spent any amount of time in the workplace, you will find yourself in disagreement with others. It comes in many forms. Maybe you don't agree with how a coworker or vendor handles a situation. Maybe you don't even agree with what your boss wants you to do. When we encounter this, we have a choice: take the Godly path or the worldly path.
The way we handle disagreements reflects who or what our focus is. Our focus should be Christ.
Your challenge this month is simple. When you find yourself in a disagreement or an argument with others, remember that you represent Christ, and ask yourself how Christ would want you to respond. Be empowered to show others Him through your actions!
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
THE ZECHARIAH PROJECT
In the Bible there is a great story of influence. King Uzziah, through the mentorship of Zechariah, learned to seek Gods face daily in all he did. This seeking allowed King Uzziah’s kingdom to flourish. Without his important relationship with Zechariah, King Uzziah would not have had the guidance needed for his life and his kingdom to thrive.
In our vocations, we all are being influenced by coworkers, vendors, and managers. Like Zechariah, what if you could be the spiritual influence in your workplace? Or maybe you need a Zechariah to help you live out your Godly calling at work. Your challenge this month is to create your own personal “Zechariah Project”: Determine if God is calling you to mentor someone at work or if you are to seek out a mentor. Pray about it and take action where God leads you!
2 Chronicles 26:5
“Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who taught him to fear God. And as long as the king sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Often we start something in life but do not follow through due to an array of circumstances, some are in our control, others are not. A key to being successful in any area of life is often consistency. Think of consistency as a tool that God provides you to help carry out the things he wants you to do and be. We have all started things that need to be completed or improved. This could be something as simple as ensuring that you get 15 to 20 minutes of meaningful prayer and Bible reading time every day or it could be that unfinished project at work or even that desire to be more patience or kind. Consistently apply a small amount of time and effort every day to it. It’s amazing what happens when we apply ourselves in this manner!
The Bible encourages us to persevere and be consistent in our faith. This consistency will carry you through the peaks and valleys of life and help you to be the man or woman that God has called you to be!
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
BE THE LIGHT
At Compass, we encourage you to live out your faith at work in such a way that blesses/serves others, strengthens your spiritually, and witnesses for Christ in words and actions. Talking about your faith-based position on controversial topics may give you an opportunity to do all 3 of these things! For example, the Supreme Court recently made a monumental decision in the Roe v Wade case. There has been, and will continue to be, much talk over this court decision and that talk may find its way into your workplace. So, what do you do when such a topic gets brought up at work?
The tip this month is to handle controversial topics at work by 1) knowing your position and God’s position on the topic to the extent you can, 2) speaking the truth in love, and 3) keeping things conversational and not argumentative. In other words, communicate your position with clarity, love, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Remember to be a light in your workplace and share the love and value that God has for all of us.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work
EVERYONE PLAYS A PART - A LESSON OF UNDERSTANDING
Have you ever felt like the job you do is somewhat meaningless at times? The mundane routines that we engage in daily can get quite monotonous. However, it is important that we keep the bigger picture in mind. The truth is, every one of us brings our gifts & talents to the table in all that we do. No matter how great or small they may be, each plays a key role in sustaining our workplaces.
Our task for you this month is simple. Read the scripture verse below and then reread it again. Think about what you do, day in and day out and how those words might apply to you.
In Ephesians Chapter 5, the apostle Paul says, "do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is". It is our responsibility as Christians to be in constant pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. The more we understand, the more power we have to effectively build Christ’s kingdom.
1 Corinthians 12:14-18
"Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be."
FUEL FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST
There is an old saying; "show me what you do with your time, and show me what you do with your money, and I will show you where your heart is."
As workplace believers we must be responsible with two of the largest resources God has entrusted us with, our time and our money. Many of our tips of the month help Compass members to reach others for Christ with our time in the workplace. This month we want to address the other valuable resource, the money our labor produces. Our jobs and our businesses are gifts from God, they are His, not ours.
Our challenge to you this month is to honestly evaluate the resources that God has given you. Ask yourself the hard question, are you truly utilizing these resources the way God would want you to? If needed, do not be afraid to make the necessary changes. When we give from our hearts, God will honor it.
Proverbs 3:9-10 - Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops. Then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Joshua 6:19 - All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into His treasury.
CHOOSING WHAT IS IMPORTANT
Our work life can constantly fill us with an unlimited amount of activities. The truth is, we do not have the time or the bandwidth to do all the things that we want or need to do. So how do you choose what to do? Too often we choose what to do by asking ourselves if we have the available time or if we have a personal desire/interest in the activity. A better approach is to ask ourselves, "Does the Father want me involved in this or that?"
The Father has a wonderful way of focusing us on the most important things. And we can gain His wisdom on things by taking our daily schedule and activities to the Father in prayer. Ask him if you should take on that new client, which vendor to choose, or even what your next marketing campaign should consist of. He cares and wants to collaborate with us about our work.
This month, stop making all the decisions yourself. Turn your work priorities and calendar over to God in prayer. Let Him choose where you spend your time and energy.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for you I lift up my soul
WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES
They are posted on the lobby wall, in conference rooms and in company literature, we see them every day, but do we live them out? We are referring to, a company's core values.
God has a set of core values for us; generosity, integrity, love, justice and compassion are just a few of them. Last month we talked about character. This month we are building on that by digging deeper into what it looks like to develop our character through values.
The truth of our character is expressed through the choice of our actions. As workplace believers, we are empowered to not only listen to the word of God but we must live it out in our daily lives. This is where the real impact takes place and significance occurs.
Proverbs 19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
Luke 6:31 Do to others, as you would have them do to you.
COMMIT TO CHARACTER
It has been said that the definition of character is what you do when no one‘s looking. Jesus lived a life of unparalleled character. The foundation of this was his holiness. He lived it out in the forms of love, joy, peace, self-control, heavenly justice and many more attributes that we can emulate.
Do you act, work and treat fellow employees the same when your boss is around? Do you cut corners when you know your work will not be checked?
Over the next 30 days, consciously be aware of what you do when no one‘s looking and, with the Lord’s help, grow your character to that next level!
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and leave me in the way everlasting.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Welcome to the New Year! As Christians we are called to work hard and strive for excellence. Yet, the desire to excel can sometimes lead us to build the foundation of our career on workplace goals and outcomes used to define excellence. As we plan for excellence in 2022, let’s not lose sight of the most solid foundation you can build your career on: Jesus Christ. Building your career on the foundation of Jesus includes two things…
Spending consistent prayerful time in your Bible
Intentionally looking to show compassion, humility, virtue, and truth during your workday
As you head into 2022, take a moment to examine the foundation of your career. Is it truly centered on Christ? How can you integrate the 2 items listed above?
Matthew 7:24- Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Luke 6:48- He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
JESUS, THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
As we enter this holiday season, let us keep in mind the real reason for the season. As Christians, we know this is the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. With the overall busyness of the season, it can be easy for us to forget why we are celebrating.
Our ask for you this month is twofold. First, it is to keep Jesus Christ at the front of your thoughts in this holiday season. You can start to do that by simply abiding in gratitude for the sacrifice that He made for us. Second, share the gospel. This may be one of the easiest times to approach that friend or fellow coworker that you have been wanting to talk to about Jesus. One simple question you could ask that person is; what does Christmas mean to you? Once they answer, most often they will return that question to you. That is when you can share your faith with them.
Tip- when sharing about Jesus, keep it simple, be genuine and share your testimony from your heart.
John 3:16 ESV. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 22:36-38 ESV. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
WHO CAN WE RELY ON?
Whether in good times or bad, we have this pesky tendency to rely more on ourselves then on God. When times are tough and we encounter challenges and maybe even failures, it is then we realize that our knowledge or skills are lacking and that relying on ourselves alone isn’t a good game plan.
Whatever challenges you are having in your workplace, don’t tackle it alone. You were never designed to go it alone. Bring God into every situation by spending more time in prayer, reading your Bible & applying faith to the situation. To be clear, this doesn’t guarantee success but it does guarantee growth. The reality is, God is more interested in growing our character & wisdom than our worldly successes. Real wisdom and strength is obtained from going through both the good times and the bad times WITH the Lord…not alone.
Proverbs 3:5- trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Isaiah 41:13- For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
SELF SERVING OR GOD SERVING?
We live in a world where people often glorify themselves more than anyone or anything else. Look at the players in a sporting event or what people post on social media. Humility is often missing. Our work environments are no different. It’s not uncommon to see several employees vying for credit on the same successful work project, even when they didn’t do all the work to earn it. Jesus calls us to a different life. To serve him, he calls us to live a humble life.
The humble employee celebrates the success of others. They have an attitude of gratitude and do good deeds when no one else sees. They give away credit when things go right and often take responsibility when things go wrong.
Where can you begin to be more humble at your place of work today?
I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
1 Corinthians 1:31- Therefore, as the Scriptures say, if you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.
A common and fun family adventure can be taking children to a farm to pick fruit. When parents do that, they show their kids what good fruit looks like and how to pick it off the branches. God does the same with us. And He wants our walk with Jesus and the fruit from that walk to show to our coworkers. You have the opportunity to do that everyday when you chose to exemplify Gods character through your behavior and responses to others in your workplaces.
What good fruit can you show at your workplace today (patience, kindness,self-control)?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, against these things there is no law.
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
REMEMBERING NOT TO FORGET
As Christians in the workplace, it’s important for us to remember that one of the reasons God has placed us in our positions is to bring Him to others. One way you can be pleasing to Him is to act when He presents such opportunities. This can be done through actions or words.
This month “remember not to forget” to share Christ with others. Don’t be afraid to try something new, think of some creative ways that you can share Christ that you may not have considered before, then act upon them!
Mark 16:15- And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation".
Philemon 1:6- And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
There is a hope in the air and an excitement as the COVID-19 restrictions lift. The quarantine norm of Zoom calls are fading and in person meetings are starting to return. Many of us are now able to see work associates that we haven’t seen in a long time.
The topic of many of those conversations will be, what did you do during quarantine? As a follower of Christ, we should always be on the lookout for opportunities to share our faith with others.
Our ask for you this month is to take some time to think about how you may be able to convey your faith message in those conversations. Did you spend more time in your Bible, reprioritize things in life or did the pandemic make you think more about eternity? Think through in advance how you can articulate your story to others.
1Peter 3:15- But in your heart revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who ask you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
Philemon 1:6- And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
We are slowly beginning to see the signs of post Covid life. That means many of our virtual events and meetings may soon start to become in person again. Our challenge to you this month is to reconnect! The definition of the word, reconnect is; "to establish a bond". Pick one person in your workplace & reconnect with them. This could be a co-worker, vendor or anyone. If you're not sure on who to reconnect with, pray about it & have faith that God will guide you to the right person. Those friendships involve conversations & those conversations can open doors for you to share your faith in Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 12:16- One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
1 Thessalonians 5:11- Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
FORGIVENESS IN THE WORKPLACE
We all have someone in our lives that has wronged us at one time or another. Maybe you have that friend, coworker, or even a boss, who has said something or done something wrong to you. Those small seeds of unforgiveness, over time, will eventually grow into large trees of bitterness if unchecked.Our ask for you this month is to pick that one person that your heart has some bitterness for and truly forgive them. If you do this, watch and see what the Lord will do to your heart.
Ephesians 4:32- Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Matthew 6:15- But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
LOOK BACK TO MOVE FORWARD
It has been said that, if we don’t change, we don’t grow. It was just over one year ago now that many of our lives changed permanently with the onset of the coronavirus. Think of the ways you have changed personally over this last year... are you more patient, efficient, considerate, prayerful, or focused? At Compass, we look to take our ever changing/growing love and wisdom of Christ into the workplace. This month, pick one additional change that you can implement in your work life as a way of continuing on that path of growth.
Ecclesiastes 9:10- Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
Ephesians 4:15- Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become, in every respect, the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
RELATIONSHIP CHANGES EVERYTHING
Have you ever thought of a coworker a certain way only to have that perception completely changed once you got to know them. Spending time with someone changes the relationship because you better understand the other person. Our walk with God is the same. It isn’t enough to have a desire to follow God; we must put our energy into getting to know Him. And as our relationship with Christ grows, that will carry over to our relationships in the workplace.
This month’s challenge: spend consistent time in the Bible and seeking Him personally. It’s one month. You can do it! It could change everything.
A deepened relationship with Christ allows us to bring a unique blessing to the marketplace. Many of your coworkers and venders need the light of Christ and you may be their only connection to it.
Jeremiah 33:3- Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Proverbs 8:17- I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
HAVE A PIECE OF PIE!
To be an effective Christian in the workplace we must constantly be growing in our relationship with Christ. In order to do this, we need to put measures in place to aid in that growth.
A piece of pie can help you do this. Apple, cherry and four berry pie are delicious. But they’re not as filling, long term as a good old fashion piece of humble pie.
Do you listen well to others?
Do you often think you are right and others are not?
Our task for you this month is to examine all areas of your work life and even your family life to see where you may need to eat that piece of pie.
Philippians 2: 3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of others.
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger
2020 was a tough year for most of us. God often uses difficult times in our life to teach us how to better serve others as well as guiding us into a closer and more trusting relationship with Him. Focus on three lessons you have learned from this past year. Write them down along with how those 3 things can help you to serve others better at work, home, and in your community.
John 16:33- I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God
PRAY FOR A COWORKER
Prayer is powerful and can change the world around us. Your challenge in December is to bring the light of Christ to your workplace through prayer. It goes without saying that this is a challenging time for many. Pick one person or family and pray for them every day this month. It can be a coworker, vendor or even your boss. Pray for God to help them with their needs whether it be spiritual, financial or personal. If you want to take it a step further and have the resources or ability, you could be the answer to the prayer by filling their need!
Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Let each of you not look to his own interest, but also to the interest of others.
A successful businesses often takes inventory so that they can maintain successful control of operations. Christians can and should do the same thing. Your challenge this month is to take an inventory of your relationship with Christ; look candidly at where you are at with Him and if that relationship is alive and well in the workplace. The greatest treasure of all is to know Him & love Him. In turn, then you can share His love in the workplace, at home or anywhere!
Luke 10:27- And he answered, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.
CREATED FOR A PURPOSE
You have knowledge and skills. We can’t be the best version of ourselves at work unless we are using our God-given strengths and abilities. This month, ask yourself: Am I maximizing my potential at my current job? If not, what change can be made to ensure I will? This may mean a change in your daily routines or asking for a new responsibility or maybe even exploring a job change if you are doing something that is not using your gifts and talents. You were created, crafted and molded for a purpose, now go live it out!
Exodus 31:1-5 NIV
Then the Lord said to Moses, See I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah and I have filled him with the spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all the kinds of skills to make artistic designs for work in wood and to engage in all kinds of crafts.
KEEPING THE FIRST THING, FIRST!
In the busyness of our work world, it’s easy for us to focus on ourselves or what’s right in front us and little else. Preparing for that next meeting or tackling that endless task list is important but is that keeping “first things first”? Are there things in your work that you do for your glory and not God’s glory? We are designed to bring glory to God and show him to the world…even at work!
Your challenge this month is to ask Jesus each day before work: How can I glorify You at work today? And then listen.
1 Corinthians 10:31- “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”
Psalms 115:1- Not to us, Lord, not to us but your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
THINK LONG TERM
Have you ever ran into someone that you used to work with at the grocery store or restaurant? You both will likely recall the impressions you made on each other. Now think about who you work with today. What type of impression are you making on them right now? If you see them at the grocery store in five years, what will they recall? Will Christ come up in the conversation? Your challenge this month is to start thinking long-term….not just your long-term relationship with Christ but everyone that you work with as well.
Hebrews 13:16 NIV
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
2 Timothy 4:17 NIV
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it
Its been a chaotic time in our history and for many people it is a time of great worry and fear. So this month we want you to focus on one thing: HOPE. As soon as that fear creeps in your thoughts, immediately replace it with hope instead. It takes the same amount of energy to fill your mind with fear as it does to fill your mind with hope. There is an old saying, worry is like a rocking chair, you move a lot but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
We are not promised a stress free, disease free or easy life. Our promise is in Jesus. As Christians we must stand on that promise and live out our hope for others to see, especially in a time like this, when they need it most.
Matthew 5:15 - Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Romans 12:12 - Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
20 FEET AT A TIME
So far, the year 2020 has been challenging to say the least. Many of us are uncertain about what the future may hold. Our challenge this month to you is, instead of trying to see a mile down the road, just focus on the next 20 feet. Focus on what you can do today.1. Faith life not where you want it?2. Are you lacking a skill to be better employee, or employer?3. What's the one trait you need to be a better husband, wife or parent?Don't try to conquer the mountain all at once. Build on doing small steps, one step at a time. Many of us have a little more free time right now. Shift the focus to what is important.Matthew 6:27- And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?Jeremiah 29:11-12- For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
In times of uncertainty, it’s important that we take the right actions. Here are four things you can do during your shut in.
Be Productive- Think ahead, what industry certifications, training, etc. can you do now, while at home?
Be Optimistic- Mankind has gone through wars, plagues and all kinds of disruptions. This too shall pass.
Help Someone- Offer to get food or provisions for friends and family that may be high risk and can’t leave their homes at all.
Pray- There is a real power in prayer. If you’re not sure what to say, don’t let the words come from your head, let them come from your heart.
Nahum 1:7 NIV - The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.
Philippians 4:6 NIV - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
A NEW SEASON
We are entering into a new and very anticipated season. Spring is a time of regrowth and new beginnings. What area do yo need to generate new growth in? Is it your mindset, your attitude, a job task, or possibly a skill set?
Your challenge this month is to identify something that you can improve on and become the shinning example of, at your workplace. If you're not sure, a great place to start is by reading the book that Compass reviewed last month. It's called Nine Things a Leader Must Do by Henry Cloud.
PRAYER IN ACTION
Every month we look to encourage you to take action in our Tip of the Month! This month we want you take a different kind of action. Our challenge to you, is to pray for your company every day in the month of February. If you’re not sure what to pray for, here’s an outline. Pray for*Gratitude for your employment there*The companies leadership and vision*God's presence to be there*God's help in facing challenges*Business practices that honor GodEphesians 6:18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. NIVProverbs 16:3Commit to the Lord in whatever you do and He will establish your plans. NIV
THE ONE THING!
Welcome to 2020! A new year often brings on new years resolutions for many of us. The word resolution is defined as: A firm decision to do or not do something.
Our challenge to you this month is to pick ONE, God honoring, resolution that you can live out at work. Since you only get ONE thing, make it count! This should be something that, if done, will directly impact the outcome of what you’re looking to accomplish.
Maybe it’s mending a relationship, righting a wrong with an employee or customer. Maybe it’s having a helpful attitude or being honest in our communications. Whatever it is, ask God in prayer to lead you and guide you to the completion of it.
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. ESV
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. ESV
PUT THE CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS
The holiday season can be a busy time of the year. It’s easy for us to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Some people say Christmas is all about gifts and being with family, others say it’s all about Jesus' birth. The truth is, if you really look at it, Christmas is about Love.
God loved us so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins.
Let’s make a point during this holiday season to share the true message of CHRISTmas with at least one coworker (and why not include friends & family!)
This is the easiest time of year to share Jesus with others.
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:16-17 NKJV
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8 NIV
Many of us at times, think of how thankful we are for our families and our relationship with God, etc. But how often do we actually think about being thankful for our jobs? Let’s not just, SAY our thanks to Him in prayer but let’s SHOW Him our thanks! One of the best ways we can do that is to bring the fulness of Christ to our workplaces! We can do this by making kindness, integrity, love and good work ethic the way we SHOW others what it looks like to follow Christ.
Here are two practical tips that can help you live it out in your workplace:
1. Take a 90 minute time block and tackle that project that needs to get done. Do it with laser focus and a great attitude!
2. At your next team meeting, share your input openly & honestly. Give credit to others that have contributed. Lead with integrity, if you made a mistake, own up to it!
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the Lords holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”
Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.
Psalms 118:1 NIV
FALL INTO A NEW SEASON
One constant in our world is change. Things are constantly changing in our lives; the seasons, our families, our schedules and especially change at our jobs.
When change happens at work what do you do? Are you the first one on board and willing to accept it or are you the stubborn stand out that stalls progress. Have you ever caught yourself saying “because we have always done it that way.”
Our challenge to you this month is to, take it to God! If change is occurring in your life and you’re resistant to it, ask him what He thinks about it. Be open minded, you may be surprised of the answers He will give you.
Isaiah 43:19- See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. NIV
Joshua 1:9- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” NIV
People of character are noted for their honesty, ethics and charity. The late great pastor, author and spiritual mentor, A.W. Tozer described character this way; “As the excellence of gold is its purity and the excellence of art is its beauty, so the excellence of man is his character”
Character Builder: Make a mistake at work?- Apologize!
Admitting a mistake and apologizing for it at work can be difficult. Your ego may take a hit or it could somehow negatively impact your standing within the organization. But remember a simple “I’m sorry” is powerful. Always display the character traits of humility, responsibility, and care for others.
Developing Character: Philippians 4:8- Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (ESV)
We often pray for our friends, family and coworkers only, when a crisis arises in their lives. This month, let’s be proactive instead of reactive about it. Go on a prayer walk in your place of work once per week in August. Don’t say anything to anyone, just walk through your workplace and observe those around you. Let the Lord guide you to who needs to be prayed for, then pray for them as you walk. If you work at home or by yourself, do this at the grocery store or your next social event. Think of it this way, you may be the only person that ever prays for them.
1Timothy 2:1 ESV - First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanks giving made for all people.
James 5:16 ESV - Therefore, confess all your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
This months tip is an easy one. Invite someone to Compass next month. There may be a fellow employee, a boss or vendor that you work with who wonders what that Compass thing is all about. Offer to show them instead of telling them. If you really want to increase the chances of them attending, offer to give them a ride or even pay for their lunch. Be sure to tell them how much fun we have and that they’ll be uplifted with a great speaker at the same time!
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. NIV
Hebrews 10: 24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day approaching. NIV
GOD AS AS YOUR BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Part of living out our faith at work is incorporating Jesus into our thinking and actions throughout the workday. Remember, he wants to be a part of your work!
Your challenge this month is to talk with God during a meeting or discussion to seek His direction. Maybe you can do this during a team meeting or one-on-one conversation. All you have to do is seek the Lord’s direction during the dialogue…then do what he says!
Proverbs 8:32-35: Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. 34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
This month our challenge is to Tell Someone, tell someone about Jesus. Pick one person at work that you can begin to share your faith with. It can be difficult & seemingly uncomfortable for us to share our faith. But, think of it this way, you may be the only person in their life that is in a position to tell them the truth. The truth about who Jesus is & what he’s done for them. Instead of you picking someone & then targeting them like a hunter after its prey, let them pick themselves. Start by praying consistently about it, ask God to reveal this person to you and ask him what to say.
Start with establishing a dialogue & be sure to listen. There is no one size fits all, engage them with tact & humility.
Share your personal story- Your personal testimony is a powerful tool. It cannot be argued with and it’s a bridge in relating to others.
Share the gospel- Guide them to this link; http://stepstopeace.org. You don’t have to know any special way to ask them to accept Jesus. Let the webpage do it for you.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19 NKJV
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” —Romans 10:9 NKJV
This month our challenge to live out our faith at work, is to look for an opportunity to help
someone. There are many ways to help in an organization using your time, resources, words,
FIRST- Find the need. Keep an eye out for someone who needs help. This person could be a
customer, vendor or fellow employee.
Is there a single mother who needs additional financial resources? Or a customer who has lost
a loved one and just needs someone to lean on? Does your company do fundraisers? If so, they may need help on the committee.
SECOND- Take immediate action. Do not delay, just do it! Take the initiative to be Jesus hands
and feet right at your workplace. If you’re not sure exactly where or how to help, pray about it,
the Lord will direct you.
Matthew 6:3-4 NIV “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what
you’re right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your father, who sees
what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Acts 4:32 NIV “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their
possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”
Matthew 7:12 NIV “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this
sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Hebrews 13:16 NIV “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such
sacrifices God is pleased.”
This month, let’s focus on 3 of your non-Christian colleagues at work. Write down 3 people that you work with who are not Christian. These could be fellow employees, supervisors, venders, etc. Next, pray for these 3 individuals as often as you can. You can even include them in your daily prayers. If you really want to go all in, put their names on a piece of paper and carry it with you at all times to keep them fresh in your mind and prayers. The last step is to look for opportunities to share Jesus with them (remember part of last months tip: listen more, talk less!). Listen for where they are at in their lives & why they would want to know Jesus.
1Peter 3:15- “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
Colossians 4:6- “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person”
YOUR FELLOW EMPLOYEES
We seem to spend more time with our fellow employees than our families. In some ways, they are our second family. But, how well do we really know these friends? We pass them in the hall or talk to them in an occasional meeting. We may know their name & what they do at work but it often stops there.
Our challenge this month is to get to know them better! We would like you to pick one coworker per week and get to know him/her better on a personal level. This can be a boss, employee, fellow worker, vendor or client. It’s easy to do, think Listen more Talk less. Ask them questions, learn their likes, dislikes, their family, what they do for fun and their ambitions. Who knows, maybe you’ll even have the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus one day.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
MAKE AN IMPROVEMENT
January- Happy New Year!!! The new year signifies new beginnings and the desire to make things better than the previous year. Do you have a workplace item that’s been on your mind for a while that you know needs improvement but, for whatever reason, just hasn’t gotten done yet? Maybe it’s that outdated décor or the cumbersome report/worksheet that everyone complains about. Maybe it’s that project that needs to get started or that client that you need to talk to but just haven’t had the time. I think you get the picture. This months challenge is to do that one thing at work during the month.
At Compass, we are encouraged to live out our faith in the workplace, which includes being the best employer or employee that you can be and that can involve taking the initiative to make improvements. So put off the procrastination or fear, get prayed up, ask God to lead you and go get it done!
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Merry Christmas! Let’s have the CHRISTmas spirit inspire us to do 3 random acts of kindness in the workplace this month. Maybe it’s giving up a few minutes of your lunch break to help a coworker or maybe cleaning up a cluttered area in a common work area or bringing in donuts. Pray about it; ask God to open up opportunities for you and THEN DO IT!
Bonus for December: Make a point to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays.
1John 3:18- “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.”
HAND WRITE A THANK YOU
Pick one person in your life that you are thankful for. It can be a relative, fellow employee, former teacher, coach etc. Now here’s the challenging part. Write them an actual hand written letter. Yes, with a pen and paper! You can deliver it in person or mail it. Tell them the difference they made in your life and how you truly feel about them. No electronics here folks, no email, no texting or social media posting. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
SEND AN ENCOURAGING EMAIL
Send an encouraging email to a different co-worker (or supplier if you are in a small business) each week for the next 4 weeks; that is 4 people in total. If you want to go crazy, write the person a note! It means a ton to people. This email/note can be very short…two or three sentences that conveys a thoughtful and encouraging word. Examples are:
“just wanted to let you know I saw how well you did at XXX…great job”
“I know you are in the middle of a big issue. Remember you have God-given talent in that area and will make it through it!”
“Appreciate all the help and support you give the team each week. It is noticed and appreciated. Keep it up!”.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.