Wisdom Week: Work

It’s WISDOM WEEK here on GUWG, where all week we’re probing the practical principles of Proverbs.

Today’s topic: Work.

God has a lot to say about the way we should work. Here are a few excerpts from His official employee handbook …

God’s Employee Handbook

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re examining what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

We’ll wrap things up with an updated 2017 edition of our employee handbook. Print it out. Post it in your cube. Pray through it daily.

God @ Work: Sunday Prayer

DEAR GOD,

We need your help at work. Help us to . . .

always put you first
pray, pray, pray
love, love, love
be humble
be diligent
be honest
be joyful
be gentle
listen more than we talk
spread encouragement
never spread gossip
never grumble
never worry
rest

May we trust you with all our hearts,
never lean on our own understanding
and give you all the glory.

AMEN

God’s Employee Handbook (v2)

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where we’ve been examining what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

We’ll conclude by issuing an updated version of our employee handbook. Print it out. Post it in your cube. Pray through it daily.

GOD’S EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK

God’s the Boss. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)

Pray, Pray, Pray. “Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Love, Love, Love. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

Honesty is the Best Policy. “The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1) Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)

Be Humble. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.” (Philippians 2:3)

Be Gentle. “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” (Philippians 4:5)

Be Joyful. “Be joyful always.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

Be Diligent. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6)

Listen More Than You Talk. “A wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)

Spread Encouragement. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12:25) “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)

Don’t Spread Gossip. “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.” (Proverbs 20:19) “Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.” (Proverbs 26:20)

Don’t Grumble. “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14)

Don’t Worry. “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.” (Proverbs 3:25-26)

Follow God’s Big 10. Always put God first. Don’t make work an idol. Never misuse God’s name. Take some time off (at least Sundays). Don’t think murderous thoughts about your boss, co-workers or anyone else. Don’t lust after anyone. Don’t steal from the company (that includes pens, paper and post-its). Don’t lie. Don’t covet your co-workers’ jobs, cubicles or anything else. 

Seek God’s Advice and Give Him All the Glory. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5)

WORK GOD’S WAY

God’s Big 10

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’ve been taking an in-depth look at what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

Today’s topic: The Ten Commandments @ Work.

Most companies have values statements. They get put on a nice plaque, hung in a conference room and then promptly forgotten. My guess is that if you asked employees to recite ’em, only a tiny fraction could. And only a tiny fraction of that would actually live ’em out.

Want to see God’s values statement? Check out the timeless truths in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). Do you know ’em by heart? Do you live ’em out? If not, you might want to ask yourself this additional question:

Am I really working for God?

How could these commandments — written several thousand years ago before the invention of the cell phone, the computer or even Twitter — possibly apply to today’s world? I humbly suggest that you pray through ’em yourself and ask God that question.

For what it’s worth, here’s what I came up with . . .

  1. Always put God first.
  2. Don’t make work an idol.
  3. Never misuse God’s name.
  4. Take some time off (at least Sundays).
  5. Honor your mom and dad (why not call ’em over your lunch break?).
  6. Don’t think murderous thoughts about your boss, co-workers or anyone else.
  7. Don’t lust after anyone.
  8. Don’t steal from the company (that includes pens, paper and post-its).
  9. Don’t lie.
  10. Don’t covet your co-worker’s jobs, cubicles or anything else.

God’s Communication Plan

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here at GUWG, where we’re taking an in-depth look at what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

Today’s topic: COMMUNICATION. Almost nothing is more important in the workplace. Here’s what the Bible says . . .

Listen More Than You Talk. “A wise man listens to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19) Or, as some around me are fond of saying: “God gave you two ears and one mouth — use ’em accordingly.”

Don’t Grumble. “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14) Click here for a whole week’s worth of anti-grumbling suggestions.

Spread Encouragement. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12:25) “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)

Don’t Spread Gossip. “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.” (Proverbs 20:19) “Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.” (Proverbs 26:20)

Speak the Truth in Love. Always, always, always tell the truth. And always, always, always do it with love. “Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

Pray

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re taking an in-depth look at what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

Here’s today’s verse . . .

Pray continually.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

If you take this verse literally, it seems ridiculous. But maybe God means exactly what he says.

Basically, praying is staying connected to God. If we aren’t connected to God in this world, we’re as good as dead. So . . .

Pray when you wake up. Pray while you shower. Pray when you can’t find your hairbrush. Pray when you’re stuck in traffic. Pray for your boss. Pray for that annoying co-worker who keeps stealing your stapler. Pray before you hit “send” on that e-mail with all the capital letters and exclamation points. Pray for that big project you haven’t started yet that’s due Friday. Pray before you call the help desk to complain about your computer losing that document you worked on all afternoon but forgot to save. Pray while you drive home. Pray before you eat. Pray while you eat. Pray after you eat. Pray while you watch TV. Pray before you go to bed. Pray while you’re lying there freaking out about everything you forgot to do today and everything you have to do tomorrow. Pray, pray, pray, pray. And then pray some more.

God wants to be with us every single moment of our lives. We should want the same.

PRAY!