We can learn a great deal about becoming better leaders at work from leaders in the Bible like Jesus, Nehemiah, Daniel, Esther, and so many more. As you reflect on what you want to accomplish in 2016 in your work, here are our top 10 picks for faith-and-work resolutions to help you be salt and light for your co-workers and others at work.
- Work with God. God wants us to partner with Him in our work. Nehemiah gives us an excellent example of turning to Him throughout every workday to determine the best decision, to solve problems, to set priorities and to determine the next step. Waiting and listening for what God puts on your heart will help you make wise choices. As you do, you demonstrate love for the Father and develop a habit that will keep Christ at the center of your work. Colossians 3:23
- Serve others. Jesus said the greatest among you will be your servant. Take your mind off of yourself and listen for the needs of others. When you make a commitment to serve your co-workers, your customers and your community you are demonstrating love for others and building vital relationships. Matthew 23:11
- Be humble. Avoid seeking recognition for yourself and make sure others are recognized for their contribution. Daniel never took credit for his ability to interpret dreams, but gave all the credit to God. When you elevate others and act with humility, God will exalt you. Proverbs 11:2
- Pray continuously. Be intentional about talking with God throughout your day. Share your thoughts, your concerns, ask for guidance, wisdom and direction. Short prayers under your breath help you stay plugged into God and serve as a reminder that He’s right there with you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
- Give thanks in all circumstances. One of your continuous prayers should include gratitude. Even in the most stressful situations, there is always something to be thankful for – life, the support of friends, the presence of the Holy Spirit, our health, the experiences God has taken us through to help us face today’s circumstances. As Ann Voskamp so beautifully puts it, giving thanks precedes miracles. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- Give God the glory. It’s helpful to remember that you and I don’t have to “save the world” under our own strength. Esther could not have risen to a position of influence that enabled her to save her people without God. It’s God who is at work in and through us at all times. When we remember this and give Him glory for our successes, it takes the pressure off of us and is a wonderful witness to others. Colossians 3:17
- Trust God. Stressful situations can put us in a tailspin that shuts down our ability to think clearly. We can regain peace of mind and clarity by putting our trust in God, knowing that He works all things out for good. Trusting God helps us to determine the best next step while maintaining poise. Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:28
- Give others grace. No one is perfect. Each of us has been saved by grace. You can give others grace by first assuming good intent. Be intentional about seeing others as God sees them and you’ll find that even the most difficult working relationships greatly improve. Ephesians 4:29
- Do the right thing, even when it’s hard. Doing the right thing is not always popular and can cause issues for others. We have to remember that we have an opportunity to impact the culture and influence others for Christ when we choose the harder right. 1 Peter 3:14
- Be courageous. It takes courage to do what’s right in a culture filled with people who subscribe to the belief that truth is relative. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced being killed in the fiery furnace, yet refused to dishonor God. Regardless of what we face, God is always there for us and is just waiting for us to turn to Him. We can take courage in this because He is greater than any circumstance and every enemy. Deuteronomy 31:6, 1 John 4:4
Which of these resolutions strikes a chord for you in your work?