Wake up! Wake up! Its 6 a.m. and you have stuff to do. I know, I know…you are tired from all of the things of yesterday. But it’s time to start another day my dear. Get dressed, get those kids to school and get your tail to work. You have escrows to close and business to handle. Up and at ’em!
This is the inner conversation I have with myself when that darn alarm clock goes off during the work week. I am not a morning person, which makes it even harder, but off I go. I drop those kids off and I drive to my office, drag myself up those stairs knowing that coffee is there and that it will get me through the morning. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. I enjoy my career choice. I just get weary sometimes, but here is where things change in my morning routine…
As I climb my work stairs, I begin to pray and have a conversation with Jesus. I ask for His strength, His grace, and His favor for my day. I begin to bless the building, the office spaces, the chairs, the people who sit in those chairs. As I walk into the suite I work in, I start to pray blessings over each one of the offices and coworkers while I greet them, each client that comes in, and each file that touches our desks. I invite God’s Holy Spirit to come into this place and for me to be a light here. I work in the corporate world, but I first and foremost work for God. I have a unique opportunity where I work.
It’s not often that you find a corporate setting where you get to be fully transparent with your faith. I get to be all of who I am in this place. In some companies and job settings, you cannot even tell people what your faith is. I can’t imagine that and I thank the Lord I don’t work in one of them. I believe God has me in this job, in this company, in this building, with these people for a very specific reason. Jesus. He is the reason. I believe I am here to glorify Him.
“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.”
So, what do I do with that? The simplest way for me to put it is this…I share Him. I allow what He is doing and has done in my life to show through in who I am. I walk my faith more than I talk it. What I mean is, I love on people when they are hurting and I pray with them when they come to me with a problem they just can’t handle. I encourage through the difficult moments of this job. I try to find opportunities to speak life into people. When God does something incredible, I praise Him.
Now, if I am being completely honest, I couldn’t tell you that I am the best witness for my co-workers one hundred percent of the time. I fail sometimes. I don’t have it all together. I have bad days. I get grumpy, but there is grace for that. In the moments when I need that grace, I am also showing that I am human. That it’s okay to mess up and start over, that God will still love me. “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:23 or in my case, sometimes every hour. Let’s be real, sometimes we need to pray and press the reset button during our day. Some days I wish it was easier to be like Jesus. In these moments I have to realign my thoughts and remember to be thankful that I get to keep sharing Him with the people around me. If that touches one heart or one hundred it is a beautiful thing. I believe I have a divine assignment to do a good work here.
If you feel like you are falling short…not perfect…not meeting all the “requirements”…STOP. I encourage you to witness from where you are. Whether it be in an office chair, behind a counter, on a field, at home while picking up toys, in back to back meetings, YOU are a force to be reckoned with! You are needed in the Kingdom to spread the love of Jesus!! Don’t sell yourself short. You are a precious piece of the puzzle…use it for His glory!
Carly is a 36-year-old Mom of two great kids, manager of an escrow office, lover of Jesus and has a passion for youth ministry. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Temecula California with her kids Tim and Zoe. She enjoys good food, a strong cup of coffee, a good book and having meaningful conversations with interesting people. Laughing is one of her hobbies. She believes it’s the best medicine in any situation.
Her walk with Jesus began about six years ago at the end of an abusive marriage. It was then that she gave her life to the Lord and hasn’t looked back since. Her desire is to walk out her faith as an example to her children and others. Through that, she hopes people who see her walk come to know the good Father she has come to love. Her hope is that she can lift up and encourage those around her to know that they are worthy and loved too.
Carly’s passion for youth ministry began when the Lord nudged her to step out of her comfort zone and do something she had never done before. Now almost a year later, it’s one of the biggest joys in her life. You can find her mid-week and on Sundays pouring into the youth at Centerpoint Student Ministries. She wants every youth, especially young girls, to have someone to walk beside them, invest in them and shower them with the love of Jesus.