How to Leave Work at Work

Keep Your Work in Its Cage


Can you leave work at work? Like an athlete training for a pentathlon, we have to distribute our energy across several different spheres: work, family, church, the local community, and our own personal time. Doug Sherman, CEO of Oak Mortgage Group and author of Your Work Matters, understands the need for balance. In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, he outlines how he approaches the herculean task of caging work. 



 Balance is never easy. Doug shared the illustration of a pentathlon athlete who has to balance his or her time between five disciplines. A balanced life, as Doug described it, is one that enjoys unbroken fellowship with God in five areas: work, family, church, local community, and personal life. If we take the time to involve Him in both our work and our home life, we'll take healthy steps toward balance.

Have you worked toward balance between your work and home life? If so, what have you done to balance the two? If not, what would you like to see happen?
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Doug challenged leaders to pause before walking through the door at home and ask God how they may honor Him as they spend time with family. How would re-focusing on honoring God at home help to keep your work at work?
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As Christians God has called us to live for Him everywhere—at work and at home. What would it look like for you personally to honor God in your home life? What obstacles would you have to overcome to achieve that vision?
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Doug pointed out that if we don't walk with God at work, we won't honor Him at home, either. Have you seen your work attitude spill over into your at-home attitude? If so, how would serving God at work influence your time at home? If not, what have you done to keep the two separate?
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How can you apply the lesson of "honor God in everything" this week? What will it look like for your work? For your family?
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 If we strive to do what God wants us to in every sphere of life, an attitude of service will fill us both at work and at home. As you develop the skill of cordoning off work and focusing on your time at home, remember that God has called you to honor Him everywhere. This week, serve God in every area of your life.


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