Work Mask – Guest Post

I am so excited to have another She Speaks sister share on my blog today. Today, Jen Sandbulte is going to share her heart with you. Please let her know how much you appreciate her by leaving her a comment.

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Do you put on a “work” face?

For most of my career I have been a Human Resources Professional.  I clearly remember some very intimidating board meetings, when one of our plants wasn’t performing and we had to look closely at that and make presentations to our board.  I used to joke when I had these board meetings.  I’d say things like – “That’s not who I am, but I can schmooze with the best of them.”  And in reality, I could hold my own.  I wasn’t easily intimidated, and I didn’t scare if someone “barked” a bit at me.  I carried myself with a confidence that didn’t allow others to chew me up and spit me out.

As I look back on some of those meetings, now, I realize that even with my confidence, I didn’t get real with our board and many others for that matter!  You see, I could be the epitome of professional.  But, I didn’t let my faith show.  And more than that, I relied on my own strength way more times than I care to admit.  Many of those people never got to know the real me.

When I put on my work face, I left my “Christian” face at home.  I compartmentalized my life and kept good boundaries.  The problem was I wasn’t content with what I was giving to the Lord.  I kept thinking that I should have more time for ministry.  I just couldn’t measure up, no matter how hard I tried.

Here’s what I have learned, and am learning.  God is Omni present, seems I have always believed that.  He is everywhere, always.  So why do I try to seclude him to some quiet time in the morning, a bible study once a week, and church on Sunday?  Why am I not spending time with Him throughout the day EVERYDAY?  Why do I have a prayer list full of people who are sick, or getting divorced, or having problems in their family, but have nothing on it pertaining to my work or co-workers?  I mean, honestly, I spending anywhere from 30-40% of my 24 hour day there.  The vast majority of my waking hours are spent there, and yet talking to him while I am there seems like a strange concept.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we read:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

What does it look like to pray continually?  Does it mean just during our set aside bible and prayer time?  Does it mean just before meals, and on Sunday at church?  As Christians, we are aware that we should pray continually.  However, how have we seen that modeled?  And rejoice always?  That is tough to imagine!  I have to be honest, there are days when I model prayer and rejoicing well, and then days when I don’t.  Days when I lay down at night and think… “wow God I haven’t spent much time at all with you today.”

What would happen if I would let my mask crack just a bit?  What if I offered up prayers throughout the day?  What if I paid attention to more than the “surface” mask of my co-workers and really got to know them and understand things from their point of view?  What if I prayed for my boss and his family?  Or for my company’s profits?  Would I be more satisfied at work?  Would I find more joy and satisfaction in my work if I began to invest time in prayer for it?

How about you?  Do you put on your work mask?  Are you one person at work, and someone completely different at church?  How might your world and your outlook be affected if you worked to align these lives?  Start small, put together a list of 5 things you can pray for in your workplace and spend one week being dedicated to praying for them.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Jen Sandbulte –

admin@jensandbulte.com

1573 Sunrise Circle

Sioux Center, IA 51250

www.jensandbulte.com

http://www.facebook.com/work4him

About Jen

Jen is currently president of J-S Leadership Group and has been a human resources professional and leadership consultant for nearly 19 years.  Most recently she has been following God’s call in her life to speak and encourage others in their life’s journey. Jen holds an MBA from USD and is a certified SPHR.   From joint ventures to leadership coaching, Jen has ample business and real life experience in understanding how to “live as a Christian in a secular world.”

She is the president and founder of Simply Grace Ministries, a non-profit focusing on loving and putting hands and feet to Jesus.  In addition, she leads the annual COMPEL Women’s conference for 500+ women, hosted for the tri-state area, and serves in a variety of volunteer roles.

Jen speaks to groups and leads retreats. In addition, Jen enjoys coaching and mentoring.  She is a 2009 graduate of the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference.

Jen is married to Tom and together they are active parents of three small children and two loving adult children.  Jen and Tom value family time and serving the Lord in all they do.

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3 thoughts on “Work Mask – Guest Post

  1. Jen thank you so much for your comments. Your post is very timely. Now more than ever, we need to let our faith show at work. So many are struggling in different areas of their life and the Christians in the workplace may be the only ones that could lead the nonbelievers by example or be praying for them. We can influence others by our actions, but we will be far more effective with what we do than with what we say. So, it’s important that we live our faith every day.

  2. So true. Thank you for sharing, your not alone. I’ve mostly worked in retail, so I dealt with the public a lot. I would be cordial and smile and greet someone but that’s about it. As far as my co workers I pretty much stayed to myself. I never talked to anyone outside of work. That was one area of my life. I was someone else while I was there. My excuse was the Bible says to be separate. They weren’t Christians or at least I don’t think they were. Now I think about how many people I may have been able to lead to the Lord and it really hurts. I’ve learned/grown a lot in the last year. At this present moment I’m unemployed but when I go back to work I pray my life is the same as my Christian life.

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