Nothing in Your Work is Arbitrary – Ep. 20

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This episode talks about how nothing in our work is arbitrary and that God uses everything for our good.

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On today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how nothing in your work is arbitrary.

You’re listening to Your Faith At Work with Dr. Ryan S. Howard, a podcast to inspire and equip you to partner with God in your daily work. Visit your YourFaithAtWork.org to learn more and download your free copy of 21 Days to a New Workplace You.

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Could it really be true that nothing in your work is arbitrary.? I mean, what about all the surprises that happen? All the difficulties that come up? All the disappointments? What about all of those things?

Everything Has Meaning

Well, if they’re not arbitrary, that means that there’s purpose in them and that means that it’s not a waste. And that means that there’s meaning there.

God knows everything. He knows the future. He knows your past, He knows everything you’ve been through. He knows everything that’s coming up in your future that you need, need to be prepared for. So, but we can trust Him. And if we know Christ, we know we have a promise in Romans 8:28, that God will use all things for the good of those who love Him. And that’s true in church on Sunday, that’s true in your Bible study, that’s true in your family. And that’s true in your work.

God’s Promises Are Always True

Now, like I said, it can be hard to believe, but when we really think about it, those promises are true no matter what’s going on. And we need to learn to walk by faith. What that means is to trust God. So that means those things that come up, we may not be able to see what God’s gonna do with them, but we can have confidence and trust that He will use them for our good.

Now what can God do with some of the things that come to our work? Well, He can develop us. He can prepare us for the future; things that are coming up. He can help get something going in our spirit, bring our attention to something. Or it could just be that we needed to learn how to trust Him more.

And He wants us to be able to do that. It’s great when we can see how God will use something and wants to use something, but we don’t always have the ability to see that and to know exactly what God might have planned or what good He’s going to bring out of a situation. So we learn to walk by faith.

Joseph’s Circumstances

You know, in Genesis 50:20, it’s Joseph talking to his brothers. His brothers sold him into slavery and then he ended up going to prison later after he was wrongly accused. And he had a chance later in life when he was actually second in command over the known world in the Egyptian world. His brothers were standing in front of him and he actually said, what they meant for evil against him, God meant for good.

That means that God was not surprised by what happened, what the enemy means for evil God can use for good.

All for God’s Glory

How incredible is that? That even the things that the enemy might want to set up and that God will use that even to bring Him glory. When we see that our work is not about us and it’s about God, it’s much easier to understand how all of this stuff can be for our good. It’s not just the good of His kingdom, which it is. It’s also for our individual good.

Testimony Builds Faith

So when we have these promises and so many amazing stories in the Bible, this history that’s recorded in the Bible. We can go and we can build our faith by reading those testimonies. We can see that God really does deserve our trust. No matter what happens, whether it’s a job we didn’t get or our relationship difficulty, God can use it for our good.

So we need to be able to reflect internally. We need to be able to go to the Lord and say, “all right, Lord, what’s this mean for you and me? What do You want coming out of this?” He may show us, He may not, but we need to walk by faith. And trusting Him, no matter what. We can’t just walk around like we’re victims of our circumstances as if God doesn’t know what’s going on with us, because that’s just not true.

Time to Reflect

So take some time to reflect. I’m sure you can think of some things that God has used in an unexpected way. Walk in confidence that God will use everything and your work for your good. Everything has purpose and meaning, and nothing is arbitrary. So it takes some time to think about that this week.

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Stop and Think – Ep. 19

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This episode discusses the importance of taking time to think and highlights 2 Tim. 2:7.

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On today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the importance of taking time to think and how God can use that in your life.

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Many people get nervous as soon as they hear the idea of sitting alone with their thoughts and just thinking and being in silence. But I want to encourage you that it is worth your time to learn how to do that.

Paul’s Encouragement to Think

Whether you’re sitting alone with your thoughts in silence or whether you’re doing it with worship music on, however you’re doing it, taking time to think is important and I really want to draw your attention to what Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:7. He says, “think over what I say for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

Well, this is highlighting the fact that we need to actually take time and think about what God has written down in His word. Now this has definitely been my experience where I just sit there and mull over something, a truth of God’s word, maybe a promise that I’ve heard from Him, or something about my life.

And all the sudden I just get it. Something shows up in my mind and my spirit and I just get it. And God just downloads it or clicks things together. He connects it to other scriptures, He connected to other things going on in life. He may bring something else to mind.

It’s all this inner working of God just speaking to us through our thinking. And we need to learn to do that. And if you’re, if you’re scared of the silence, do it with worship music on or do it with something that doesn’t distract you, but can let your mind flow freely.

And we wanna keep it flowing toward the things you know, like in Colossians 2:3, it says, set your minds on things above. And think about Philippians 4:8, about whatever’s honorable, whatever’s just what is pure, lovely, commendable, those sorts of things. Think about those things.

You Already Do This

Now I believe that if you consider this, you will realize that you already know how to do this and you’re already very good at it. In fact, our thoughts kindle and flame our affections. When you think about things that you want to think about, if you have an activity that you really enjoy and you like to think about that. Or if you just met someone that you like thinking about and it brings you more affection for them as you think about them or as you think about that activity that you want to do, it grows your excitement and your affection toward that.

So this principle is just as important and no different when it comes to the things of the Lord and His Word and our affections for Him. So if we want to grow in our affections and understanding of something, we need to think about it.

Paul is talking to Timothy in that verse and saying to think about what He’s saying. God will give understanding  when we really take time and dig into and mull over, meditate on that truth of that Word. Whatever it is that is in front of you at that time. And I promise this will guarantee you fruit. Actually, God promises this in His Word and it’s not only a intellectual download that God gives us, it’s an understanding in our spirit that we just get it and he may give us an articulation for that or it may just be something that we used to wonder about and now it’s just a settled issue. It’s not a concern anymore.

That’s how we grow in trust with Him. And like I said, that’s how we get understanding, like Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:7.

Your Turn to Think Intentionally

So take some time this week. Make sure you’re spending that time carved out with God and taking time to think over what God is saying to you in His Word.

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3 Reasons to Partner with God – Ep. 18

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This episode gives three important reasons to partner with God in your daily work.

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On today’s episode, three incredible reasons that you should partner with God in your daily work.

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One of the biggest components of Your Faith At Work is the idea of partnering with God. I want you to know that there are some very good reasons that we should do that and I want to give three of them today.

1. The Biblical Model

Now, the first is simply that it’s the biblical model. The Bible has a lot to say about work and God uses the work of His people and we have examples all throughout the scripture of God working together with His people. It’s a common thread from the beginning of the Bible in the Old Testament to the end of the Bible in the new Testament.

God gave Noah the plans to build the Ark. God gave Joseph answers to how to prepare for famine. Luke was a medical doctor who traveled with Paul. All kinds of examples in there from the Old Testament to the New.

2. Apostle Pauls’ Instructions

The second is that Paul explicitly says to work with God. In fact, in 1 Corinthians 3:9, he says that we are God’s fellow workers. And he says earlier in verse six and seven that we plant and we water. But God gives the growth. See, we’re working together now he’s talking about sharing the Gospel, about spreading God’s message, expanding His kingdom and influence, and also all of the work that we do.

The New Testament also talks about how God prepared good works for us to walk in and to bring Him glory.

3. God’s Infinite Wisdom and Knowledge

Now the third reason is that God has infinite wisdom and infinite knowledge. You know, James 4:2 says that we do not have, because we do not ask or we ask with wrong motivation. God is the originator of all wisdom, all knowledge.

And when we’re looking to come together to resolve issues or to know how to handle something or what to do next, what to focus on, what our priorities should be, God has that answer. Now, His word is filled with these kinds of answers and wisdom that we can apply to our lives and to our work. But it’s also His Holy Spirit that is in us, that is guiding us and directing us and giving us specific application for the things that we find in His Word.

Your Challenge

So partnership, partnering with God, relationship is essential to that. Now, what are you doing this week to enhance your relationship with Christ? So I want to say that, hey, involve God in your work and invite Him in. He wants to partner with you. He has not left you alone. Invite him in.

So think about that this week. What is going on in your work that you can come together and partner with God in because that’s exactly what He created you to do.

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Your Sphere of Influence – Ep. 17

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This episode discusses how we all have a sphere of influence that God has given to us as a gift.

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On today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the sphere of influence that God has given to you.

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We all have a sphere of influence, an area of influence, whatever you want to call it, a domain where we can influence the things around us.

Assigned Influence by God

Now, Paul talks about this in 2 Corinthians chapter 10, starting in verse 13. He talks about how God has assigned each one of us an area of influence. Now this could be your work. It could include all of your coworkers, your management, the people that may work for you, alongside you. Could be customers, clients, everybody you work with and certainly everybody in your family, and all your friends.

But it also includes the atmosphere and the circumstances that you find yourself in. The environment that you’re working in or that you’re just living in. Now, Paul talks about how he wanted his sphere of influence to increase and he wanted to do that so that he could extend God’s Kingdom there to bring God’s view on what’s happening, to share the Gospel there as well.

Increase and Use Your Influence

Wherever we are, whatever aspect of our sphere of influence we’re thinking about, even including social media. Paul talks about how he wants to increase that. And so we want to do the same and we want to speak God’s truth into whatever we’re doing to bring God’s perspective. To share the Gospel. Could be an encouraging word that you’re speaking to someone. Could be an opportunity arises for you to share the truth of God’s Word, what it says about a particular situation or a particular aspect, something that’s going on.

I want to encourage you just to think about it. Do you think about how you have influence?

No matter what. We want to influence that sphere. We don’t want to be influenced by that sphere in any sort of negative way. We want to be able to respond to what’s going on around us, but we want any influence on us to be filtered through what the Holy Spirit wants to do, especially when it comes to anything in the way of an attitude or something like that.

We want to be in control of that and the Lord, the Holy Spirit to be in control of that.

Reflect on Your Gift

So take some time to think about the sphere of influence that God has given to you as a gift, and think about how you’re using that and whether you’re being influenced by the things around you or whether you are doing the influencing.

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Work Pitfalls to Avoid – Ep. 16

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This episode discusses some of the pitfalls we need to avoid when it comes to our work.

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On this week’s episode, some potential pitfalls that we want to avoid when it comes to our faith at work.

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Now at Your Faith At Work, we want to help you focus on your work the way God designed you to work. He created us to work and His image and we were created to work and engage with Him in our work and with this focus on work. However, there are simply potential pitfalls, some dangers that can come up that we want to make sure we’re aware of and that we avoid and we’re careful about.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says, “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” and that certainly includes our work. God wants to use your work for your benefit. He wants to use it to develop you. He wants to use it to expand His kingdom. He wants to use it to develop people around you to bring about His will and His influence and to bring He glory through your work.

Pitfalls

Now this can’t be accomplished if work is not kept in its proper place. So what are a few of the pitfalls that we can have? Some potential dangers that can come through not having work in its right place? Well, one is that we can have a wrong motivation or a wrong approach to work. If our goal is just to get more, get more, get more, earn, earn, earn and it’s just to have more, that may not be the best motivation.

Now, if we have a wrong attitude and negative attitude or an “I deserve” attitude, a me kind of self-absorbed all about me and my work or that kind of mindset, that’s just about you. That’s also a pitfall that we could fall into and we want to make sure that’s not the case. While God certainly involves us in our work, it’s not about us.

Our work is about Him and about what He wants to do. And He wants us to serve Him, to serve others and to be a His representative to those around us and to bring Him into our work with us.

Another issue is overworking. You know, we can certainly work too much. We can spend too much time on our work. We can get that out of balance. A lot of times people think about work life balance, but really it’s more of a work life management, where it may be that we spend more time at work in one season of life. But we want to make sure we’re aware of that and that we’re aware of the potential issues with that and that we are conscious of it. And of course, we never want to sacrifice family or anything for the sake of work. God would not do that. God will keep everything in the right level to where we can work the way that God wants us to.

Now work can also become an idol where it becomes too important. It would just put it on this pedestal and that one job or that one a career or that one project or person. It is really going after it and focusing too much on that and not focusing on the Lord. Now certainly we can go after those things and God wants us to do that and to go hard after those things, but we have to have it in its right place. We need to pursue it with Christ in the middle of everything we’re doing and making sure that it’s about Him, which brings us to one final pitfall to talk about today.

Our identity must be in Christ. It cannot be in our work.

So do any of these potential pitfalls grab your attention this week. If they do, I want to encourage you to get alone with the Lord. Reflect on them, let Him work them out so that you can make sure that you are continuing to work with God the way He designed you to.

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Are You Like Martha or Mary? – Ep. 15

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This episode talks about the importance of prioritizing time alone with God.

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Is it better to be like Martha or Mary? Let’s talk about that. Have today’s episode.

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Well, I’m sure that you have heard of the biblical story of Martha and Mary with Jesus where He’s in their house with them. And I want to start out just by reading that and talk about a few lessons. One key lesson that we can take from that today. This is in Luke chapter 10 starting in verse 38, it says, “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house and she had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving and she went up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion which will not be taken away from her.’

What’s Jesus talking about? Well, she had an opportunity to sit at the feet of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and learn from Him. This was an incredible opportunity and she took advantage of it. Instead of being distracted with all the stuff that she needed to do like Martha was.

Be Like Mary

Well, obviously we want to be like Mary and prioritize our intimacy with Jesus. Our time alone carved out with the Lord. One of the things that I’ve really recognized is that in my walk with Christ, I can really tell a difference when carving that time out with the Lord is a priority in my life. Especially if I’m doing it in the morning, but if I’m doing it on a regular, consistent daily basis. Whether I’m reading the Bible, whether I’m journaling, whether I’m reading another book, whether I’m worshiping, whatever it is, fellowshipping with other believers as well.

But that time carved out alone with the Lord really sets everything up for just living out the way God planned us to live, to have what He wants us to have and to do what He wants us to do, go where He wants us to go.

I’ve noticed though, when I prioritize that and do that to start my day, everything else just seems to fall into place. That doesn’t mean everything goes perfect, but I certainly, I seem just more aware of my surroundings, more aware of what I need to be focused on, I feel like God is with me. I have clarity in the way that I’m walking and I feel I can sense God is there with me and guiding me when I prioritize that.

But when I don’t, I don’t have so much clarity with what I’m going to work on. There could be a thousand things I’m going to try and write about or record or talk about. I’m not sure which book I want to read, not your, this, that or that or the other thing, whatever it is, I just don’t have that kind of clarity.

But when I focus on that priority, prioritizing that time with Jesus, that time carved out with him, I get my priorities straight. I get what I need to work on. And like I said, everything just falls into place.

What About You?

So what about you? Are you more like Martha, where you gotta really just hurry and try and get everything done and just focus, focus on do, do, do? Or is your priority first to have that time alone with the Lord so that you can be set up to work on the right things at the right time and the right direction?

Well, I want to say that of course we’ve got to do things, but first needs to be the priority of our time alone with Jesus. So think about that this week and see how you can make sure you’re carving out that time, like Mary did, to be a disciple of Jesus and have that be the number one priority.

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Now is the Time to be Bold – Ep. 14

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This episode discusses the importance of boldness in the Christian life and how we can overcome shyness.

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Now is the time to be bold. Let’s talk about that on today’s episode.

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God always commands His people to be bold for Him and for His cause. All throughout the Bible and all throughout history of Christianity, people have been bold and now is the time for us to be bold.

Did you know that there are more people turning to Christ today for their salvation and eternal life than any other time in history? And this is happening at a time when there is more persecution for Christians than in the last 2000 years.

Maybe not in America, but in many countries around the world where Christianity is growing exponentially. People are being saved, giving their lives to Christ in places that you would not expect. In Israel, in China, and in many Arab countries. In all of these places, people are turning to Christ. This obviously is not in the media. That’s not where we look to see what’s happening with the Gospel and where it’s growing. Sometimes it’s in there, but we also can’t look to the leadership of a nation particularly to see what’s going on with Christianity in that nation.

So we have no reason to not be bold in living out our faith today. People are being put in jail. People are being taken away from their families. People are being killed for their faith in Jesus Christ, and they’re walking in boldness and living it out every day. So there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to do that in our work, especially now.

Reasons for No Boldness

What are some reasons that we wouldn’t want to be bold? Well, the first that comes to mind is perhaps there’s some compromise in our life, or something that we handle in a way that we’re a little shy to share about Christ. Because maybe we’re not representing him that well. Well then I would encourage you to deal with that.

If that’s the case, just get rid of it today. Today’s the day, tomorrow is the favorite day of the enemy. If it’s always tomorrow, it never comes. So we don’t want to wait till then. Deal with it right now.

The second one is maybe just a lack of familiarity. We walk in confidence with things that we’re familiar with. You get to know your job after some time there, then you’re more familiar. You’re more confident with it. And so I wanna just say that, if you’re not familiar and you’re not confident with maybe your knowledge of the scriptures or Christianity or doctrines, whatever it is, then just get familiar. Step out and God will show you in the right time what you need and maybe something’s coming to your mind right now that’s sort of a gap.

Well just take some steps to start moving forward with it and walk by faith with what you already know and God, when He sees that He can trust you with that, you’re going to get more and more and more and these opportunities will come up. So just take a step and get out there.

A third reason we would not be bold is maybe there’s social consequences. Perhaps looking bad or being made fun of or being worried about being cast out of a group or something like that. Well, our work and our life are not about us and are about Christ. We serve Him. If we really know Christ, we’ve given our life to Him. It’s about Him and what He wants to do.

Boldness Makes a Difference

This brings to mind a story of a friend of mine who was in the military. There was a group of people at this table and they asked him about something and he took a stand for Christ. Everybody kind of laughed and were saying, “whatever, get out of here.” And he just said, “okay, yep, see ya later, see ya around, I’m living for Christ now and that’s what I’m about.”

He didn’t let it phase him and over the next year, everyone at that table had come to him for something, one thing or another. Personal issues, something going on, questions about things that came up. Well, they knew they could trust him. So they came to him and he was able to help them out. And many of them came to know Christ through that.

If he hadn’t taken that original stand and been willing to put himself out there, none of that would’ve happened.

Your Boldness

So where do you need to be more bold today with your faith in Christ? Something in your work? Someone you need to talk to? Someone you need to pray with? Some issue you need to take a stand on? Maybe a public policy is something you want to get engaged with. Whatever’s on your heart, take a step now. Trust God and walk by faith. God is faithful and He will not let your boldness go to waste.

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Take Extreme Ownership – Ep. 13

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On today’s episode, taking real ownership of the things you are responsible for.

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Have you ever had a project or a goal or something that just didn’t seem to move forward? Could be because you haven’t given it attention or just seems too difficult, whether it’s at your work or your personal life? Well, I’ve certainly had this moments.

I think we all have these moments and the first significant time I can recall feeling this way was on my first engineering internship and during my mid summer review, my manager at the time told me that I needed to take ownership of what was my biggest project for the summer – for the three months I was going to be there. At first, I was insulted by the feedback. I thought, “how could he say that I wasn’t owning the project?” I was giving updates on it and talking to people about it and taking steps to move forward.

But the more I thought about it afterward, the more I could see that he was right.

Eyes Wide Open

Unconsciously, it didn’t really matter to me if the project succeeded or failed because I thought it was too complicated for an intern. Someone had said that to me. And I couldn’t see an obvious solution. So I kind of took a casual approach to it. But after he told me that I needed to take ownership, I could see that was exactly what I had been avoiding. Because if I didn’t take ownership of the project and it failed, I think my mind could believe that failure was outside my control and that there was nothing I could do about it. That’s a pretty sneaky trick.

The truth was that if I didn’t own it, the project would never have had a chance to be successful. So when I got more serious about ownership with that project, it opened my eyes to the steps I could take, people I could talk to and to the ideas I could try.

In the end it ended up being a successful project. I come back to that all the time since then.

From Excuses to Ownership

There may be impossible goals that your leadership has set or a very difficult relationship at work or even outside of work. And I’m certainly not perfect, but whenever I catch myself coming up with excuses, it’s a signal to me that there may be something I really need to take ownership of.

When you really own something, you go deeper into it. There’s a difference in approach. It unlocks ideas, creativity, passion gives you where you can move forward.

In the Bible, God prepared Queen Esther for a time when she would need to take a risk to accomplish what she needed to, and he was uniquely positioned for that. But if she didn’t take ownership of it, her nation would not have been saved. And after she took ownership and made the decision, then she got the strategy for how to move forward.

We can never be reminded of this too often. There’s a book called Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink. He’s a former navy seal commander. A very intense guy. And he says that “leaders must own everything in their world. There’s no one else to blame.”

Whether you lead people projects or initiatives, you know you’re a leader and if you don’t own it, then we’ll always have excuses that will stand in the way of success. And we need to take true responsibility for the results if we want to see them, whatever it is that we’re looking at.

God Has A Plan

God has a plan for each of us. He has a path, He’s designed it, He’s guiding us, shaping us, preparing us. And we always got to remember that we need to be faithful even in the little things. If we want God to use us for the big things, sometimes we understand every detail of it. And other times it seems like we know nothing and we need to learn how to trust God and to move forward.

Galatians 3:23 says that whatever we do, what to do it with our whole heart and to do it as those for the Lord and not for man.

So what is it that you need to take ownership of? Whatever it is that you’re feeling convicted of right now, bigger, small. Take real ownership of it this week and see what God will do with it.

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How to Handle Your Mistakes – Ep. 12

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This episode discusses the power we can find in taking responsibility for our mistakes.

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On today’s episode, the power in admitting when you’ve made a mistake.

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How do you normally handle it when you realize you’ve made a mistake? Does it depend on who the mistake was with or maybe what it was about? Maybe there was something that you weren’t successful in but it doesn’t really feel like it was your fault. How do you handle that? Do you have a consistent way to handle it?

Well, thinking about that, there’s several ways we can do it. We can deny it when it comes up or we can avoid it. Just kind of trying to skirt around the issue. Or we can make excuses. Come up with reasons why it happened. We say, “it wasn’t really my fault, but it did happen. So yeah, I’ll admit that it happened; I failed, but well there was really nothing I could do about it.”

Well, I want to point out that there’s another option, which is to take responsibility to take ownership for what happened.

There’s a quote from John C. Maxwell that I just love when it comes to this topic. He says, “it’s easier to go from failure to success then from excuses to success.” This is an incredible quote. It just really sums it up.

Why is that though? Well, when we stop making excuses, we can see clearly, we take responsibility. We can see where we really fell short and our mind is opened up to more creative thinking and just more open to seeing what actually happened. What could we actually have done different? Now, maybe there is a legitimate reason that’s outside of our control, but that’s not going to make us look more credible or better when we’re giving that reason. I mean, of course there’s a way we can point that out so that it doesn’t appear as though we’re blaming that. But we still need to really take responsibility.

Two Different Approaches

So think about this. If you have a boss or an employee, someone else you’re working with , a coworker, and you know they’re wrong. You know they made the mistake and you know the reasons and excuses they’re giving are just not legitimate, but they keep giving it and they keep harping it and they won’t let it go.

I mean, how do you see them? How childish does that look and how immature does that look? Now imagine if that same person just took responsibility for the mistake that they made and they just said, “you know what? I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have done that.” And then they moved forward.

How do you feel toward them? Does it soften your attitude toward them? Maybe make you even be kind of sympathetic or just appreciate that. No matter who it is, it immediately softens us toward them. So which way do you want to feel when you make a mistake or when something doesn’t go right? Or you don’t have success the way you wanted it.

Listen to Your Conviction

I want to say, listen to your conviction, you’ll know in your heart what you need to do. That’s what we want to do with our faith at work. We want to learn how to listen to the Holy Spirit. What’s He convicting us to say? What does He want us to do? What step does He want us to take with this? God can use it to move us forward, but we need to take responsibility. We need to take ownership. We need to be mature. We need to have emotional intelligence and see it as an opportunity to learn.

When you admit a mistake, it adds to your credibility. That’s what I’ve seen my whole career and inside and outside of my work. It boosts morale, it builds trust, and it sets the standard for how you want to operate, how you want others to interact with you.

Let God Work

We’re not at work to impress people. We’re here to please the Lord and do what He has for us. When we let our pride get in the way, we can’t see clearly to move forward. That needs to be crushed in us. And when that’s done and dealt with, then God can move. He can do what He wants to accomplish through us in our work. God can use everything for our good.

To be clear, I’m not saying that we should be careless and not be concerned with mistakes. We should do what we need to to avoid them, but when they do come up, when we do have them, we need to let God use the opportunity to our advantage. We need to humble ourselves and move forward as the example that we want to be.

So the next time a mistake happens, take responsibility. Humble yourself, take ownership and let the opportunity work for you.

Closing

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When You’re Not Appreciated – Ep. 11

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This episode discusses how to handle times when we are not appreciated or recognized for the work that we do.

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On today’s episode, what to do when you’re not appreciated in your work.

You’re listening to Your Faith At Work with Dr. Ryan S. Howard, a podcast to inspire and equip you to partner with God in your daily work. Visit your YourFaithAtWork.org to learn more and download your free copy of 21 Days to a New Workplace You.

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I’m sure that you’ve had a time in your life or in your work where you were not recognized for something you had done or people didn’t appreciate what you had done.

Jesus and the Lepers

This reminds me of the time when Jesus healed the 10 lepers. This is in Luke 17 starting in verse 11. He healed the 10 lepers. He told them to go to the priests and they’d be cleansed and they were, all of them were healed. But only one of them came back to praise Him and to thank Him for what He had done in verse 16.

Now the other nine, their lack of appreciation didn’t distract Jesus from his mission. It didn’t make Him regret what He had done. It didn’t make Him change Him mind or Him approach on anything. It didn’t phase Him at all with what He was there to do. His mission wasn’t to get the praise and recognition of others. Of course not.

There are times in our work when we certainly don’t feel appreciated or recognized. It may happen all the time to some of us. It could come through criticism or ripping on a little piece of something that you have done or a small piece of feedback that overshadows the rest of everything you’ve done that’s been great.

Stolen Recognition

Well, I remember a time when someone actually took credit for something that I had done in an effort that I had led. They were congratulated in notice sent out to a big organization and they didn’t redirect the praise where it should have gone. Which would have been to a team and me that had done the actual work.

I was pretty angry with this for what had happened and I couldn’t think of a good way to bring it up without looking bad and just having it not go the way I wanted it to. So I just decided to let it go. Well, God saw the kind of work I did. He knew He could trust me to give my best. But the thought did cross my mind that, well, maybe I shouldn’t even do this work if it’s not going to be appreciated.

True Motivation

Well, that made me reflect on my true motivation. Just like Jesus wasn’t phased by the lack of recognition, I didn’t want to be phased by that either. So when these things come up, it’s in these situations that God can use it. It’s what happens internally inside of us that matters and what he cares about.

The key is to not get discouraged. It may surface things that we don’t like about ourselves. That’s natural. That’s okay, but we need to run to Christ as soon as we see it. We need to give it to the Lord and we need to learn to lean on Him and let our confidence in our identity be built up in Him.

What Work is Really About

Our work is about God. It’s not about us. So in these kinds of times we can think about what God might want to do in a situation and how He wants to work on us. Your reward is with the Lord and Him seeing what you’re doing and knowing that you’re giving your best. Our reward is not from people or from the recognition of others.

So the next time you don’t get recognized or you feel unappreciated, remember Colossians 3:23, that we are to work with our whole heart and we work for the Lord and not for man.

Closing

Thanks for listening to Your Faith At Work with Dr. Ryan S. Howard, if you enjoyed this podcast, we’d love for you to subscribe, share, and leave us a review. Be sure to visit your YourFaithAtWork.org to download your free copy of 21 Days to a New Workplace You. And remember, God wants to partner with you in your work every day.