Christian Career Corner: 6 Ways to Get Your Victory

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Enjoying a victorious career as a Christian takes more than a scribbled plan on a napkin and a prayer.  If only it was that simple!

Labor Day seemed a good time to share 6 habits to help you achieve your career goals.  If you regularly practice all of them you will get the victory.


1 – Know WHO you are. If you don’t have a good sense of self, how can you realize your full potential?

  • Self awareness
  • Taking assessment exercises (There are many exercises that can help you get a very good sense of your top strengths and ‘motivated skills’)
  • Mental reflection (Ask yourself: What makes me unique?; What kind of things do I do at work that I enjoy and get me recognition?)

2 – Know WHOSE you are (Faith). You are a child of God. Your steadfast faith as you work and manage your career will surely help you be a victor. As Romans 8 tells us, saved believers are ‘more than conquerors’. Even when you face a career storm, trust that all things will work together for the good. God’s on your side. Your co-workers, who haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, face their work battles all alone. You know your big battles are fought by the Lord.

3 – Know WHERE you are going. Your career goals and plans should be clear and in writing. Frankly, for some, this is the only habit that they associate with career planning. Even then, those in this camp too often don’t write their plans or have plans which aren’t clear. Even if you practice this habit well, it takes more than knowing where you’re going to be truly victorious. What should you do? Have career goals. Make them clear. Put them in writing; regularly assess your progress.

4 – Know WHY you want what you want. Having this knowledge can enhance your self talk and your ability to sell yourself in interviews and promotion meetings. There are 3 Whys that you need to keep in mind: Emotional; Rational; Strategic. Ideally your ‘whyness’ should flow from at least 2 of these 3 whys. Careers, career moves, or on-the-job actions that are driven only my emotion, pragmatism (rational), or strategy are at risk of being unfulfilling.

5 – Know and BELIEVE you’ll succeed when it’s time to act. Act when the time arrives! Don’t be an unconfident procrastinator. Don’t be a doubting Thomas or Thomasina about your career prowess. Please keep this in mind: If not you, who? If not now, when? Don’t let negative self talk, unsupportive naysayers, or procrastination keep you from getting the victory! Embrace yourself. Have the courage to make your goals come alive by acting.

6 – Know that mid-journey SETBACKS can actually be beneficial. Sometimes the bad things you experience can be a blessing in disguise. Remember that you have God by your side. He has the final say! So if you get rejected for a job or promotion, don’t fret. If you loss your job, know that you haven’t loss your Savior. As I heard a minister say a few months ago, often there’s ‘treasure in your trouble’. Keep your head up and keep the faith! God may be setting you up for something far better.  



  • Even if you are in a job today you’re happy with, the first four habits alone will help you understand why you are content – and know how to maintain and build on what you have now.
  • If you are in a job that’s simply OK, are seeking a promotion, are contemplating a career change, or are jobless now, practicing all 6 of these habits could prove very helpful I believe.

If you remember who your Real Boss is -the Lord- you’ll be able to survive and thrive in the Workplace.  Again, it begins with faith: knowing whose you are (the second habit).  This powerful Marvin Sapp video (“I Win”) captures visually and musically the essence of this post.  If you walk with Jesus you’ll win!  You will win.  Peace be with you!  Happy Labor Day!

Greg Silverthorne


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Unemployed during Holidays: Jobless, Not Hopeless (Christians)

 

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Being unemployed on Thanksgiving isn’t fun.  In that I am without a job today myself, I wanted to showcase a great piece – by an insightful woman who was in the same situation herself (on Thanksgiving) not too long ago.

Lauren L. Moy captures well the emotions which are typical when a person is in a ‘jobless at the holidays’ storm.  She offers ways, tactical and faith-based, to best battle this storm too.

Never loss sight of who your Real Boss is! (Hint: It’s the one you worship Sunday mornings, NOT the one you’re used to seeing on Monday mornings) Trouble don’t last always.

Moy states that:

” . . . the ultimate way to beat the job search blues is to remember that as Christians we have our identity grounded in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are unconditionally loved by the God of the universe.   His love for us is not dependent on our performance or employment status.  Our security and significance are in Christ, not in our occupation.   I am secure in His love (Romans 8:35-39); I am His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10); I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).

We are Christians first and then whatever occupation second . . .  Maybe I believed this in my mind but I struggled to believe these biblical truths in my heart.” [Emphasis added]

Read Moy’s full post (Unemployed at Thanksgiving).

Lauren Moy is a professional, certified Career Coach with over 20 years of human resources management and coaching experience.  She offers a candid and inspiring perspective on a situation that too many Christians, like me, are in today.

  • Millions are unemployed today, Thanksgiving.   Some will return to the workplace before Christmas.  Some will not.  If you are jobless today, remember ‘you are amazing no matter what‘! (prior post)   Like a fine BMW parked in a luxury dealer’s lot, not being sold doesn’t lessen it’s value.   Know you are the ‘ultimate working machine’ – and a child of God!
  • If you have a job, be thankful you do – and pray for, and encourage, those who do not.
  • I thank the Pathos Faith and Work Channel (Joe Carter post) for helping me discover this insightful piece.

SCRIPTURE (from Moy’s article)

  • I am His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

  • I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)

So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

  • I am secure in His love (Romans 8:35-39)

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”).  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.   No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The NLT version of scripture has been provided.


Even if you have a job, consider sharing this post with a friend or relative who doesn’t have a job today.  Let them know they’re not alone and that there’s hope.  Trouble don’t last always!

Happy Thanksgiving.    Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way, 11/26/2015


Photo credit, Building Trades Unemployment Insurance Rally, AFL-CIO: Bernard Pollack/flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Job Seekers: Words of Encouragement (McKissen)

“. . . if you lose your job, don’t lose yourself.  The best parts of you, the parts that will be remembered, usually have nothing to do with your job.   You should give your job your best, but don’t make the best part of you your job.”

In writing about how his own father responded to losing his job, when he was 17 years old, Dustin McKissen wrote these words in If You Lose your Job, Remember This.

  • Please don’t let joblessness trigger hopelessness.  Frankly, that will make getting another job more (not less) difficult.
  • Have faith that your Real Boss (God) will make a way!  He sees the best in you. See the best in you too.  Good luck in getting the job you’re seeking. Pray to your Real Boss that he’ll help you do so.

Faith, Hope, Assurance

Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day!   While I’d planned to publish a career-related post this morning, I ran out of time (smile).  This post captured my spirit.  Enjoy.

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Enjoy Your Day!

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.

Ephesians 6: 7-8 Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord…

Malachi 3:10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.

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Every Christian’s ‘Work Partner’ (Luke 12)

For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.

Luke 12: 12 (NIV)

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Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


  • Never forget this: The Lord is with you at work too.  Christian assurance doesn’t vanish for 40 hours when you’re on the job!
  • Jennifer Duke Lee‘s post, You Don’t Go to Work Alone, is one every Christian worker should check out!    It’s based on Luke 12:12.

As Lee notes in her The High Calling post, in describing the context of the words being spoken by Christ:

Jesus first spoke those words to his disciples in the context of their ministry. Jesus was assuaging fear among the disciples about what to say . . .

The same Holy Spirit— who supplied the disciples with the right words—works within each of us today.

  • The lesson I gleaned from her post is an important one:  Jesus is the Work Partner for every Christian.
  • Lee states in her powerful post:

Here’s what we need to know: God doesn’t send us out the door with our briefcases in the morning, wave goodbye, and say to us: “Well, have a great day at work.  I’ll see you around supper time!”

God literally goes with us.  He promised in Scripture never to leave us or forsake us.  We have a Helper.  And He is saying to us today, “Trust me.   I will teach you ‘in that very hour’ what you need to do and say.”   He is saying to us: “I am with you always.

Jennifer Dukes Lee ends her post with Questions for Further Reflection and a fine Prayer.

  • I’ve provided Lee’s prayer below.
  • I’ve showcased a post which I enjoyed reading.  Lee is a community editor for The High Calling (where I found her post).  She is a very gifted writer and storyteller.  As I read this January 2015 post (You Don’t Go to Work Alone), I was thinking: “This is good!”  When I got to the Prayer, at the end, I was hooked! (smile).
  • I believe that Faith in the Workplace, at it’s core, involves thinking and actions guided by Biblical principles.  The 12th verse of the 12th Chapter of Luke conveys a basic principle:  The Holy Spirit is with us to guide us in our everyday actions.

Prayer (Jennifer Dukes Lee)

Dear God, we spend so much of our life doing ordinary work, and we confess that we feel isolated from you at times. Help us to remember what you promised. Remind us that you are working in us and with us. As we move through our days, may we remember that you are our companion, offering strength and wisdom. Teach us to listen to you, and to remember that we are never alone. Amen.


Photo credit:  Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Leadership & Team Building: Wise Words

I’m a big believer in the idea that people tend to fall into one of three camps — you’re either a thinker, a doer or a feeler“.  ~ Nancy Dubuc

Business TalksIn an interview with Nancy Dubuc, the chief executive of A&E Networks, I found a few insightful responses that I felt I had to share.   Whichever side of the desk you’re on, “Mixing Doers, Thinkers and Feelers” (3/22/15, New York Times) offered 2 workplace observations that ring so true to me.

  • On who managers tend to hire, Dubuc states:

There are very few black-and-white truths in management or in business, but one that I have found is that people either hire people who are smarter than them or people hire people they can control.   I see it over and over again.   I’ve always hired people who are smarter than me.   I rowed crew in college, and I’m always   thinking in those terms — will they make the team better? [Emphasis added]


  • On the 3 types of people that a successful manager needs to be aware of to lead well, she stated in the N.Y. Times interview:

I’m a big believer in the idea that people tend to fall into one of three camps — you’re either a thinker, a doer or a feeler.   So I’ll be thinking about the mix of those three groups on my teams.

If you have all thinkers, nothing will get done.  If you have all doers, that can be really chaotic because you’re not necessarily thinking about the consequences.   And feelers are important because they create energy — but if you have too many of them, they will just dramatize the moment.

When you put the different kinds of people together in the right way, that can be very powerful.   You never want that out of balance.   [Emphasis added]


  •  The interview with Nancy Dubuc was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant. A version of the article I excerpted in this post appeared in print on March 22, 2015 (Page 2 of the Sunday Business section of the New York Times).
  • Frankly, when I read Nancy Dubuc’s thoughts on who Managers tend to hire, I reflected on all the bosses I’ve had since I graduated from Business School in 1987.  Guess what?  None of the ‘must control’ bosses made my Great Boss list.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

  Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


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