At the age of 22 I had completed a Melbourne University Science degree and Post-graduate Diploma of Audiology and entered the workforce with Australian Hearing. I remember my first year on the job, being so keen to apply all the knowledge I had acquired during my training, and being somewhat outraged at what I perceived to be the more laid-back, cavalier attitudes of my supervisors. I was ready to take on the world, keen to make an impact.
"The Gospel changes everything". So how does the Gospel change one common aspect of work life - networking? In this short article, Life @ Work director Andrew Laird explains how the Gospel might transform this part of our work.
A State election is imminent in Victoria and it will pepper the conversations of our workplaces. The election offers an excellent opportunity to engage our colleagues about issues of real substance. It’s an opportunity to get to know our colleagues better, to demonstrate Christian distinctiveness, to foster conversations seasoned with salt and build bridges to the Gospel. Here are eight questions you can ask your colleagues to stimulate meaningful discussion.
One of God’s original purposes for work was not so much that we would “love our work” – He certainly did intend that for us. But more than loving our work God intended that we would “love others by our work”...
Christian faith and workplace ambition – in the minds of some they are an impossible pair. Certainly a young William Wilberforce once thought so. Wilberforce was five years into his political career when he became a Christian, and in the following months seriously considered quitting politics. In his mind, ambition in the political arena could not possibly connect with his new found faith. However thanks to the encouragement of John Newton he remained in politics, determined instead to let his new found passion for Christ shape his political ambitions. Within a year or two he began hearing about an anti-slave trade movement. And the rest as they say is history.
William Wilberforce’s story is not uncommon. Many a Christian has wrestled with how to marry their faith with workplace ambition. So what is ambition and is it inherently ungodly?
Is ambition a dirty word? Is it inherently ungodly and selfish? Or is it appropriate in the life of a Christian? Is there a way to be ambitious that honours Christ? These were the sorts of questions we considered at our second annual Life @ Work conference.
Overlooking the Yarra in Melbourne, we gathered over two nights to hear from four speakers, unpacking the issues surrounding ambition. And what we discovered is that ambition on its own is morally neutral. The key question is, how are we harnessing it?
How does the Christian faith help us navigate the frustrations of work? In this short clip Life@Work director Andrew Laird proposes one answer - acknowledge that this world is groaning, but rather than constantly grumbling, be grateful for what God has planned for the future.
Watch the full talk here.
How does the Christian faith help us navigate the frustrations of work? In this Life@Work presentation, director Andrew Laird explains why work is very often frustrating and outlines practical ways of navigating those frustrations.
It hardly needs to be said, but work is often frustrating. There’s the frustration of interruptions from colleagues; “If only I could get a couple of hours free from distractions I could really get something useful done”. There’s the frustration of feeling like your talents aren’t being put to good use; an opportunity or responsibility you would love is given to a work mate instead.