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January 7, 2016

Being Incarnational In The Workplace


John 1:14 says “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Now, take a deep breath and go back and read it again. Whether that was the first or the hundredth time you have read that verse, take a second to think about how huge that is. It is the good news. Jesus, who was with the Father, saw value in us and chose to make his dwelling among us. Wow. If we believe that to be true, then it stands to reason that our lives should point others to his glory, grace, and truth. The light that we shine must ultimately point to the source that is Christ. So, what does it look like to take the posture of Jesus in the workplace? I am no expert on the topic, but I am very humbled to be able to share my story.

Over last two and a half years, I have been fortunate enough to have a position working at a small deli in downtown Colorado Springs. An interesting fact about the deli where I work is that it is nestled close to a college campus, which means that on any given day we serve a variety of students and faculty in addition to our very loyal locals. Every shift I am tasked with duties including, taking orders, running food, cutting cakes, and making coffee, but for me there is so much more to it than that. I view this job as a gift. God has given me the gift of this place, these people, and this city.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

As the smell of freshly baked bread greets everyone as they enter, the warmth and promise that comes with a cup of coffee floods the front of the deli, and friendly faces stand behind the counter waiting to say hello. The people who come into the deli each have a story that in someways they want others to see, to ask about, or to simply listen to. To me, that is why I am there. I am not there to impose my beliefs, opinions, or judgments on our customers. My job title means that I am there to pour their latte or serve them their food, but my heart reminds me that much like most of us, they wish to be known even if it is just simply remembering their order or smiling at someone as they pick up their coffee. You never know the impact you can make on someone’s day by plainly being present and attentive.

Jesus’ ministry revolved around being present and really listening to people. He was not distant or far removed and always met people where they were. He was right there with them. At times, He would even go out of his way just to be there. It may seem like we have to do something big to make an impact but let me challenge you think about the importance of your presence, your life, your story. That is how you love people. You can be a gift to those around you. You can choose to take the posture of Jesus in your workplace.

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Candice Barry

Candice Barry is a Pennsylvania native who relocted to Colorado Springs in 2013. She is an alumni of Geneva College, where she earned her degree in Student Ministry. She has been working in ministry for over 10 years. She currently volunteers with children at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs. Candice also enjoys living and working in the downtown Colorado Springs area She strives to be a loving encouragement to others and she hopes to make a lasting impact for the Kingdom.

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