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Reflections on Yesterday…

While sitting on the lawn tractor last night for an hour and getting a little run in this morning, I’ve been reflecting about my day yesterday. There are a couple of things that hit me (probably more than that but two for right now).

First, I made my second appearance at a men’s Home Team (or small group), and I left challenged and encouraged. There were eight of us sitting around the tables, and I’m quite certain that we are all at different points in our spiritual lives and that we all have different areas in our lives where we struggle. During part of the conversation (and I don’t think I’m breaching any confidential agreements here), I shared that I believed our workplaces were mission fields. One of the guys spoke up immediately asking me how that was working for me – being a witness for Christ in my workplace. I was able to provide an answer on the spot about setting the tone through my actions. This is true; however, I’ve been pondering the question since then to see how I could be more effective. Great challenge!

Secondly, I fought out that there is another PK (pastor’s kid) in my department. We just hired this guy, so I don’t know him that well, but I was surprised by the news. His dad is pastoring at a Lutheran church up in the Lehigh Valley. I was struck by a comment that was made during this conversation by my new colleague (and I roughly quote): “I don’t like to talk about religion. There are two things you don’t talk about: religion and politics. If someone starts talking to me about this stuff, I tell them that I don’t want to talk about it.” Hmmm…. Is this my same attitude? I don’t think so; however, I did notice the volume of my voice dropping quite a bit as we had this conversation in the open cubicle environment that I work in. He also indicated that he doesn’t attend church regularly right now, but that he would probably return to it later in life once he started having a family. Why is this? I have many things cycling around in my head about this conversation. And I think it does tie together with my first reflection above.

Have you ever had experiences like these? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until the next post, I’ll be reflecting…

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June 25, 2008 - Posted by | thoughts

3 Comments »

  1. Proverbs 13:20

    I struggle with same things Jon. It is how you go about sharing your faith. I agree with you on the whole example thing. People will see you are different and God will bless you.
    I am reminded of B. Lewis’ favorite saying “remain:tough, tender, and teachable for Jesus”

    I have that written on my desk.

    Blessings.. Tim

    Comment by Anonymous | June 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. I appreciated your participation in group the other day. I wanted to comment on the workplace being a mission field. While depending on the culture of the employer, how we demonstrate our faith can be a combination of actions and words.

    I believe that this is a challenge for all of us to varying degrees. Just the other day, during my lunch time I received a call from my wife. She needed my insight in discussing an issue facing our family. Part of the discussion involved me praying over the phone. Now, I have been in my new job for 6 weeks, and only a couple of people have had spiritual conversations with me.

    While praying, I did lower my voice, but I was overheard by a colleague. This opened a door for a nice conversation.

    I heard a pastor once say, anxiety and fear is the greatest example of not trusting God.

    Press on.

    Ryan

    Comment by Ryan | June 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Tim and Ryan,

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    For the record…”He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a campanion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

    Jon

    Comment by Jon Stolpe | June 25, 2008 | Reply


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