Integrated Faith, Family, and Work

Integration, Not Balance


It’s easy to feel pulled into many different directions when balancing work, family, and faith. How do you thrive with priorities competing for your time? In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Shelley Simpson suggests leaders try integrating their work, family, and faith in order to live and work more authentically. 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.


A blend, versus balance. How does that sound to you? What is the difference?
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Shelley argues for an integrated life of work, family and faith. She said that trying to maintain balance was too difficult for her because she felt like it made her go back and forth choosing various areas of her at different times. She felt like she had three different faces, versus living her life authentically.  

What are the different faces you feel like you have? What has your experience been with work/life balancing those faces? Do you think it’s possible? Why or why not?
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Shelley said faith has always been a part of who she is, and it’s shaped the person she’s become. It wasn’t until twelve or thirteen years ago, though, that she learned she could integrate her faith, family, and work more practically.  

Have you made any new discoveries about your work and faith recently? In what ways is God teaching you new things about how to honor Him in your life outside of church?
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Shelley said she is able to integrate the various areas of her life on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis. What are some ways you imagine that’s possible? Give some practical examples that include various people and projects from work, home, and church.
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Compartmentalization is common in many different contexts. In what ways do you compartmentalize your faith, versus allowing it to influence and inspire other areas of your life? Where is it easier? Where do you struggle?
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Integrating her work, family, and faith allowed Shelley to bring her children into conversations about work and influence her workplace with what she believed as a Christian. Who might be blessed and strengthened in your life if you more fully integrated your work, family, and faith?
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Work, family, and faith aren’t meant to compete with one another. The Lord desires for them to speak to one another, blend into one another. When the three are in harmony, not only are our lives more manageable, but we experience the peace and purpose God intends for our lives.  


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