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July 28, 2014

5 Ways To Work As Unto The Lord

For years I worked in the logistics industry. It wasn’t something I loved, but I was really good at. On top of that, the nature of the logistics biz kind of drove me nuts. It wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up at 2am, work for a bit to solve an emergency, go back to bed, then head into work to solve other emergencies.

I knew this wasn’t where I wanted to spend the rest of my career. But every time I tried to get out, I felt like God was closing the door. He didn’t want me to leave. I wasn’t being freed up to go on to something else.

Work as unto the Lord

After about a year and a half with a certain company I had a shocking conversation with one of my team members. She was struggling a lot with God. She made it pretty obvious to everyone. In fact she would always say she didn’t believe in God.
One day I asked her why she didn’t believe. She told me a story about her son-in-law and how he had killed her grandson years ago. She went on to say with tears in her eyes, “…there’s no way there could be a god who would allow for something like that to happen”.

We continued talking one-on-one for about two hours and her tears soon turned to joy as she rededicated her life to the Lord. Why did she do that? What happened during that two hour conversation?
Well, she had come to an understanding that while all things may not make sense to us, God still has a plan, and He wants us to put our faith in that plan. Ok, there was a lot more to it than that.

You have to know that God has a reason and a purpose for everything in your life.

Shortly after that conversation the craziest thing happen, I headed back to my office and heard my phone ringing. It was a team member who used to work for me who told me there was a company that wanted to hire me. He asked me if I had a resume I could send over. So I did, and guess what…I was hired in just a few days.
Random coincidence I’m sure!  : )
Not hardly! I wholeheartedly believe God kept me at the previous organization so one day I would have that conversation. Now obviously there were other things that happened while I worked there, both good and bad, but I know that God kept me there for that specific reason.

God loves his children so much that he’s perfectly fine with keeping me in an industry I disliked so that I would have a conversation that guided one of His kids back to Him. Having that perspective kind of makes you feel silly when you catch yourself complaining. And the moment after I talked with her, He moved me on.

So here’s five ways to make sure you are doing your work as unto the Lord.

1. Understand that this is God’s story…not ours.
If you are caught up thinking that this is your story, you couldn’t be further from the truth. This is God’s story, and He’s allowed us to be a part of it. If He wants to use you in a situation so He may change one of His children’s lives, He may do just that.
Doesn’t mean you can’t fight Him on it.
Doesn’t mean you can’t run away.
But if you’re not feeling freed up from a job, there must be a greater reason why God has you there in the first place.

Ask God to bring to fruition whatever it is He is wanting to do with you.

2. God has a plan for you…regardless of your environment.
It’s difficult to work with people who don’t have a lot of integrity. It’s difficult to work with people who create a bad work atmosphere. Maybe there’s gossip or backstabbing. You have to understand that no matter what else is going on in other’s lives, God still has a plan for you.
Here’s Jeremiah 29:11in the Message:

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

So if that’s true, and you are in a work environment that is not ideal, it doesn’t mean that you stop working hard for God. Just because other people are that way doesn’t mean you mess yourself up in the process and stop doing a great job.

3. Don’t bring yourself down to the level of others.
When the folks around you are not working their hardest, it can wear you down. If your work ethic slips to the level of those around you, guess what? You make yourself considerably less marketable. I want you to focus on being marketable. That means making yourself even more valuable as if you are going to another company. Ask the question, “How can I make myself even greater in situations where most people don’t care?”.
If you focus on making yourself more marketable to other businesses, when the time is right, not only will God move you on, but you might even get a better position at your current organization.

4. Focus on how you can bless others around you.
How can you be a witness to those around you? If people are struggling or not giving their all, if they are gossiping or backstabbing, you should still be a light. You should still be a witness to them. Not only a witness to a better work ethic, but also for Christ. They should be able to see you live in Christ even if you don’t say it with your mouth.

St. Francis of Assissi said, “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words.

5. Talk to God.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, prayer is literally a game changer. Prayer is not about how fancy you can be with your words. If you are using nine dollar words with God…He’s not impressed.  In fact, He wants you to talk to Him as children do. You are His child, and prayer should never stop.

Pray without ceasing. That means you are talking to God all day long. The same way you talk to anyone else around you. So when you’re in a job or industry you don’t like, talk to God and let Him know how you feel. He cares. Ask Him what He wants from you. Ask Him what you’re suppose to do. Ask Him how to be better at what you’re doing. Ask Him for direction, guidance, and even ask Him to bless you. There’s no harm in any of that.

But remember, don’t stop talking to Him just because you’re not happy with where you’re working. The more time you spend with Him, the greater chance He is going to let you in on the incredible plan He has you in.

How have you seen God at work in your life, and the lives of others?

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  • http://jimwoodswrites.com/ Jim Woods

    This is so encouraging. Really appreciate this Chris!

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  • http://www.mattham.com/ Matt Ham

    Chris I love seeing this blend of the sacred and secular and your willingness to share. Such a true an timeless principle.

    Lately, The Lord has been teaching me about trusting Him in all things. In light of my recent cancer diagnosis and with the steps He’s calling me to in my career, it’s been an interesting journey.

    Thanks for this!

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Tell me you’re still cancer free

      • http://www.mattham.com/ Matt Ham

        Yessir – had a chance to write about it with Bedlam Magazine today – still humbling.

        Although it’s gone, it still creeps around and tries to attack. Continuing to try and honor Him.

        Thanks for asking, brother!

        • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

          Still praying!!

  • mkokc

    I don’t want to sound like a broken record, since I like so much of what you do, but this was a mover and a shaker unlike many things I have read. It moved my heart and shook my brain. Purpose. Vision. Passion. We have to have all of those things to thrive. – mike

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      HAHA…I love it Mike!! Keep sounding out!

  • Monika Weierbach

    Chris, this was a beautiful post. I am currently at that same point, wondering how God will direct me to a new job/career venture. I’m feeling ready but I trust and have faith in the Lords timing. Bless you and all that you do…

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Thank you Monika!! That blesses me!

  • http://classicallytrained.net/ Classically Trained

    As a wantrepreneur I’ve been struggling with this. I really needed to hear this message, and even more, I need to apply it. Point #1 hit me pretty hard. Guilty. 4 & 5 will help me get back on track.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      I’m glad to hear it that! Well, the back on track part. :)

  • Justin Dernison

    Number 5 it me hard. I spend so much energy talking about work with my wife and it is wearing on both of us. I know I need to move but God keeps me where I am. Indeed I am thankful for the what occurs while I stay here; there have been opportunities to be witness with both action and words. The longer I stay the more challenging it becomes. I fear I have been speaking to the wrong people about my struggles. I need to speak to God about those and continue to preach His good word to those around me (and when necessary I will use words). Thank you Mr. LoCurto for all you do. You have truly been a blessing in my life.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Thank YOU Justin! Keep up the “good work”. Definitely focus your conversation greater with God and ask Him to show you why you’re there. And btw, you can call me Chris. :)

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I love where i work, but some day I really need to hear that.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      haha…even in a place we love we can sometimes have some rough days, right? :)

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        Yes sir…and thanks for keeping me company when I walk through your podcasts.

  • Nick

    Really needed that!

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      I’m so glad to hear it Nick!

  • http://zechariahnewman.com/ Zechariah Newman

    Amen! Love this Chris! Great perspective and sound wisdom.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Thanks Zech!

  • http://www.davidicalhiphop.com Apostle Ricardo Reason Butler

    Amen!

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Thanks Ricardo!

      • http://www.davidicalhiphop.com Apostle Ricardo Reason Butler

        Welcome Chris!

  • http://www.lilykreitinger.com/ Lily Kreitinger

    Awesome post! Praying now for God’s guidance as we grow closer in our relationship. Some work is just good for a season and will help you build skills to move into fulfilling your mission.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      So true! We live in a culture that often suggests we find that one career path, when that may not be God’s design.

  • http://www.shawnandrews.net Shawn Andrews

    I love point number one. This life isn’t about us. It is about Him. And He is gracious enough to include and use us in His plans.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      AAAAMEN!

  • Dale Powers

    Thank you, Chris. I needed this perspective for a personal circumstance I’m walking through right now. Once again, the Lord has used you to bless another.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Praise God!

  • http://www.connectinteractivellc.com Norma Maxwell

    LOVE this. So good. So true. Thanks Chris!

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      My pleasure Norma!

  • http://brucercross.com/ Bruce R. Cross

    All I can say here is THANK YOU very well timed!

    • DESIGNS by Rashada

      I have to agree. Thank you, Chris, for your effort and diligence in encouraging us ;) What a great testimony!

      • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

        That blesses me more than you know!

        • DESIGNS by Rashada

          I do know how hard it is to step out in faith and share what God has placed in your heart regarding business. So be encouraged, Chris as you’ve encouraged me ;)

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      So glad to hear it Bruce!

  • Jill Boorman

    Amen.

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      :) Hey, we need to schedule for this week’s coaching session. Lol

  • The cookie lady

    Thanks Chris for the hope- having a growing business but not growing enough to provide freedom on time- my time- giving everything I got – every time I think I should throw in the towel on this 4 year old start up business – God shows up and says not yet- but I’m getting weary. Waiting to sees Gods plan for me. So I continue to pray…..

    • http://www.ChrisLoCurto.com Chris LoCurto

      I completely understand!! The great thing is, He’s also there to give us strength. If this is what He wants for you, He will give you strength OR guide you to something or someone who can show you how to be more productive and less weary.

    • DESIGNS by Rashada

      I know just how you feel! I recently had a moment where I had to take a pause and let the Lord encourage me again, to keep me focused :D I will keep you and your business in my prayers, cookie lady :D God bless~