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
Tip of the month
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.