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Life@Work Workbook: Marketplace Success for People of Faith

Life@Work Workbook: Marketplace Success for People of Faith

by INJOY, Stephen R. Graves, Thomas G. Addington

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People of faith need to be comfortable and intentional in two worlds-the world of the kingdom and the world of the commercial-blending and balancing their roles in each. Authors John C. Maxwell, Stephen Graves, and Thomas Addington identify the basic tools followers of Jesus should always have in their work toolbox: Calling, Serving, Character, and Skill. This


People of faith need to be comfortable and intentional in two worlds-the world of the kingdom and the world of the commercial-blending and balancing their roles in each. Authors John C. Maxwell, Stephen Graves, and Thomas Addington identify the basic tools followers of Jesus should always have in their work toolbox: Calling, Serving, Character, and Skill. This book helps readers learn how to better integrate faith and work and why it is crucial that we do so.


  • Questions that get you to think about your life and work
  • Encouraging Words from some of the most successful individuals of today and yesterday
  • Take Action segments that encourage you to incorporate Maxwell's lessons into your daily routine

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A Handbook on Marketplace Success for People of Faith

Nelson Impact

ISBN: 978-1-41850-328-4

Chapter One

Reforging Our Fragmented Life@Work

"It is not, truly speaking, the labor that is divided; but the men: divided into mere segments of men-broken into small fragments and crumbs of life." -John Ruskin

Driving Thought

God's original blueprint for our Life@Work calls us to be comfortable and capable in both the spiritual arena and the commercial arena.

Drilling Down

Charles Antonio Bordini III was high-spirited, uncomfortably transparent, and voraciously hungry to learn. He was new to Chicago and new to the life of faith, but he was developing a reputation as a mover and shaker in Christian circles to match the reputation he already had in the corporate world.

If there was a major financial deal going down, Charlie was in the middle of it. Charlie was a player. Now that he was a Christian, he was becoming a player in the world of faith, as well.

Hanging out with Charlie reminded me of eating at my favorite Italian restaurant. Loud. Chaotic. Rich. Charlie's personality created a self-charging level of energy and enthusiasm. And as Carlos Santana said, "There is nothing more contagious on this planet than enthusiasm."

Not long ago, after speaking to a large gathering of young executives over breakfast in Chicago, I hung around to meet with the board of directors of the organization hosting the event. They wanted me to field a few questions on the faith and work movement. To no one's surprise, Charlie had just been added to the board.

"I have a question," Charlie said, during a lull in the conversation. "I am not sure, but I think I have a dilemma. A few of my employees lately have told me that there are two different Charlie's that come to work. Depending upon which Charlie walks through the door, they can tell exactly what kind of day it's going to be."

His employees, he explained, sometimes see him as "Charlie Love." On other days, however, they see him as "Charlie Money."

"Charlie Love is the Christian Charlie," he said. "He is full of patience and understanding. He cares about the bigger things in life. They like Charlie Love. When he comes to work, they know it's going to be a good day."

And Charlie Money?

"According to them, Charlie Money is all business. He walks in cracking Pharaoh's whip, driving the organization for results, pushing people and demanding performance. He is satisfied with nothing less than excellence. Charlie Money, as you might imagine, is not so popular. When he comes through the door, everybody battens down the hatches."

Sheepishly Charlie admitted, "My folks say I am schizophrenic. To be honest, I think they're probably right and I am not sure what to do about it."

One of Charlie's peers in business spoke up. "Charlie, I know exactly what you need to do. Charlie Love needs to drag Charlie Money down to the basement," he said emphatically, "and kill him!"

If you can't kill him, the friend added, then "chain him up down there and never let him out." That is the only way to survive. He even quoted a couple of Scriptures to prove his point.

The room was dead silent. Charlie sat stunned, a puzzled look plastered on his brow. You could tell his mind was processing what he had just been told.

Then, all eyes turned toward me.

I hesitated, a little unsure if they were ready to hear what I was really thinking. Then, recognizing that this was a gathering that valued truth over tact, I plunged in.

"Charlie, I could not disagree more."

"No offense," I added, "but I simply believe our friend sitting across the table from you is dead wrong. I have another alternative for you: 'Charlie Love' needs to meet 'Charlie Money,' and they need to get into the same skin."

Making Evaluation

Charlie Love and Charlie Money were at an impasse. Charlie Love felt called to be a person of faith, and Charlie Money felt called to make a living. Neither knew how to find the secret to be just "Charlie," a new creation made to instinctively live out God's glory and excellence in every area of life.

Does Charlie look familiar? Even if you have never met Charlie, you probably know him. You've seen him in the mirror.

There are Charlie's in sales, on the shop floors, in home offices-just about anywhere people work. Some Charlie's are men, and others are women. What they all have in common is an identity crisis at work that is at epidemic levels. At one time or another, all of us feel a strain between our soul and our job. And harnessing those two appetites into one person is no easy task.

This schism between Charlie Love and Charlie Money manifests itself in a number of common feelings. Which of the following do you most identify with?

You're fatigued from juggling two worlds. Neither world seems to understand or value the whole of who you are. Work says your faith is strictly personal-leave it at home! Christian culture says working for the world is a waste-give it up! Both are isolated from one another. Yet, they both demand your allegiance. You feel like a child of divorce caught in the middle of two parents. You have two different homes. Different parts of you live in each one. You want a life that is whole again. Sometimes you wish you could just get your two worlds to talk to one another!

You need more meaning from your work. You want your life to count. Often, however, you look back at the end of the week and see little that will last until eternity. You want to work for something bigger than yourself. Katherine Graham once said, "To love what you do and feel that it matters-how could anything be more fun?" You know one thing for sure: Doing something that you feel doesn't matter, definitely isn't fun.

You need a clear picture of what being a Christian on the job looks like. You know your faith should shape your work. You just don't understand what that really looks like. What is a "Christian work-life"? You know what it means to be a follower of Jesus. You also know your profession. You just want to know what the two have to do with each other.

You need a faith that makes a difference in your life and your job. You are committed to making Jesus Lord of all your life. You work in an office culture, however, that at its worst is hostile to God and at its best is indifferent. You face the daunting challenges of navigating a minefield of obstacles, any one of which could sink your career tomorrow. Frankly, your work life needs all the help it can get. If your faith can't help, then what hope do you have?

You feel like you're receiving no help connecting your worlds. It seems like you're in this by yourself. Your work life is off the church's radar screen, clueless, it seems, about the problems you face Monday through Friday. Every once in while you hear a sermon exhorting you to be more Christ-like at work or encouraging you to be a more active witness, but it seldom goes deeper than that.

Taking Action

1. Do you count yourself as a person of faith and follower of Christ like Charlie? Can you relate to constantly toggling between Charlie Love and Charlie Money, never quite sure when to turn one on and the other off? How so? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

2. How do you relate to the following feelings that resulted from Charlie's attempt to integrate his faith@work?

Feeling One: "I am tired of juggling two worlds." ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Feeling Two: "I need my work to have more meaning." ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Feeling Three: "I need a clear picture of what being a Christian on the job looks like." ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Feeling Four: "I need a faith that makes a difference in my life and my job." ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Feeling Five: "I feel like I am not receiving any help to bring my two worlds together." ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Rank those five feelings in order of your personal struggle.

3. John 17:15, 16 says, "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it" (NIV). How are we to apply this Scripture to our lives? How are we to be "in the world" but not "of the world"? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

4. In what ways has the church supported/not supported the idea of integrating our faith and our work? ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

5. What are your three biggest needs in learning how to allow your faith to shape your work? a.______________________________________________________________________ b.______________________________________________________________________ c._____________________________________________________________________

6. Name a few ways that your faith aids you in "surviving" your work. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

7. People of faith must learn to be comfortable, valuable, and intentional in two worlds. In these two arenas rage all of the battles of the heart. Between them are caught most of the big issues of life.

What is your biggest hurdle in feeling comfortable, valuable, and intentional in your merger of faith and work?

1) Comfortable (living seamlessly in both worlds)- ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

2) Valuable (making a contribution in your work and your faith)- ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

3) Intentional (being targeted in your involvement in kingdom and commerce)- ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________


Excerpted from LIFE@WORK by JOHN C. MAXWELL STEPHEN R. GRAVES THOMAS G. ADDINGTON Excerpted by permission.
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Founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell, INJOY® develops thousands of new and emerging leaders yearly, primarily employing two methods: it hosts seminars and conferences across the United States and Canada; and it provides high quality resources in the form of books, audio/cd cassette kits, monthly tape subscriptions, instructional videos and online training.

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