Practical tips for every day
5. Practice active stewardship.
Does our company give back to the community? 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Get involved, make a difference, and contribute. Perhaps if we lead, our company will follow. Look for opportunities to reach out to the “Lazarus” in our lives today (from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19–31). Lazarus may be a depressed or troubled coworker, a client who is dealing with personal tragedy, or the homeless and hungry outside the walls of our office building. Consider 1 John 3:17: “But if any one has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” It is important to remember that stewardship is more than writing a check or donating online.
6. Start with the end in mind.
I can’t think of a better motivation for practicing our Catholic faith in the workplace than this mental image. Imagine Jesus greeting us in heaven with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23). The road to heaven necessarily leads through the workplace. We have a lifetime, including our time at work, to love and serve the Lord. Will we use it wisely? What will Jesus say to us at the end of our lives?
My intent in sharing these actions is to show how simply we can alter our lives in a way that integrates faith and work, and puts us on the path to a Christ-centered, meaningful life. I try every day to do the actions I have shared and I assure you that I struggle like anyone else. Our challenge is to practice them not as a bunch of new “to-dos,” but as part of a broader, unifying approach to a balanced and meaningful life that places Christ first in all areas of our lives.
In the practice of our Catholic faith, we are faced with a choice between a compartmentalized life or an integrated life where faith, family, and work are unified and centered in Christ. We are asked to “change our hearts,” to let go of our attachments to material things and place Him first in our lives. We are asked to let others see Jesus within us and to share our joy with others.
Our humble and virtuous example to others throughout the day will positively influence their behavior and individual faith journeys.
An active prayer life, one which turns our day into a conversation with God and firmly places His desires before our own, will open us up to receive boundless grace.
We have an opportunity, especially in the workplace, to be beacons of light and good examples of Christ’s redeeming love. We can’t be two-thirds Catholic. It doesn’t work and is counter to our calling. I encourage each of us to reflect on the lessons in this post. The world desperately needs it. With the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit we can do it. The time is now.
Randy Hain is senior editor of The Integrated Catholic Life, where this article was originally published. Pre-order Randy Hain¹s soon to be released book: Special Children, Blessed Fathers: Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs (Foreword by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput) at Amazon or Emmaus Road.
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