Keep God in Your Work Day

Prayer and Accountability

The pressures at work are often overwhelming, There are people to impress, projects to complete, and an on-going influx of emails. Only God can calm the storm, but how can you access Him when things don’t seem to slow down? In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Shelley Simpson encourages business leaders to stay focused on faith amidst their busy days and shares her own personal practices. Shelley began her career at J.B. Hunt as a customer service representative in 1994 after graduating from college. She has been with the company ever since, being quickly promoted to various roles, including her current one as Chief Marketing Officer, EVP, and President of Integrated Capacity Solutions.

Shelley has some stressful days at work. She meets with high profile clients, speaks in board presentations, and has some significant demands placed on her. In the midst of it all, two things keep her calm and focused on God: prayer and accountability.  

Describe the pressure you feel throughout your work day amidst all that keeps you busy.
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Shelley said that often the Enemy, or Satan, uses the different things in her busy work day to attack her. Feelings of insecurity and intimidation creep in, so she turns to God for help. Prayer is one of the major ways she connects with God. She doesn’t just pray once in the morning and go on her way; she prays throughout the day, giving as much of her work to God as she can.  

What are some ways you can incorporate more prayer into your busy day? Consider establishing some “triggers” that remind you to give yourself and your work to God.
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In addition to prayer, Shelley has people in her life and at work who hold her accountable. Do you currently have any accountability partners in life or at work? How does your relationship “work”?
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We all have bad days when we either become self-absorbed, do poor work, or drive others crazy. The job of an accountability partner is to notice our slips and gently guide us back to the Lord. Notice that Shelley’s accountability partners don’t just cheer her on; they keep her in check when Shelley’s not reflecting Christ in the way she works. 

If you don’t currently have anyone at work who can hold you accountable, take a minute to think and pray about the possibilities. What name comes to mind?
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In addition to prayer and accountability, what are some other ways you can stay focused on God throughout your work day? Write these down and commit to beginning one this week.
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John 15:5-8 (ESV)

5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Shelley said she often prays, “God let you shine; don’t let my pride show.” The Lord is the Giver of your job and all of its important responsibilities. As you remain in Him, are grateful to Him, and stay humble before Him, He will show up throughout your day in powerful ways and be glorified in the work you do. 

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