One of our clients put this exhortation into action at her job. She saw how negativity was creating a downward spiral for herself and her co-workers, so she developed a plan for an employee appreciation program. She took the proposal to her boss, and got the go-ahead to implement the plan. Her program has dramatically changed the work environment at her office! What can you do to make your workplace more positive?

The Most Important “Rule”: Remember that God is in charge! 

You may be feeling overwhelmed by the changes you have seen in the world at large and in the job market. The degree of change we experience in 10 years is more than previous generations experienced in their entire lifetimes. Instead of giving into fear, however, we need to remember that the God we serve is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is in control and His principles for living life successfully have not changed! Regardless of what we have experienced or will experience in our lives, we need not be afraid because we have God’s assurance that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

We do live in this world, and so need to keep up with important changes that affect our lives and work. Success in the job market, however, is not our most important goal. Our calling is to love God and others, seeking to live increasingly in a Christ-like way. We are to be salt and light in this world. To do that, we need to focus on Jesus, not on an unstable economy or dramatic changes in technology in the workplace. Only then will we be truly successful in life!

Kevin & Kay Marie Brennfleck, National Certified Career Counselors, are the directors of the Christian Career Center and Church Jobs Online. (Through these sites you can search hundreds of current job listings from churches, ministries and Christian employers, post your free or featured resume and obtain career counseling and testing to discover work that fits your God-given design.)