My son asked me the other day, “Dad, why do you work so late?” From his perspective, it’s a long time between the time he gets home from school and the time I get home from work – most nights just before dinner. He’s probably curious why work doesn’t end at the same time school does.
Being an intentional dad always looking for those teachable moments, I saw this as an opportunity to help my son begin his faith at work journey. We had a rich conversation about the importance of work and how we glorify God through our work.
Here are some faith at work lessons you can share with your children:
1. Do your best (Excellence): Whether at school, on a sports team, or at home, we should always give our best.
Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. Fully submitted to Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Ephesians 6:6
2. Honor your commitments (Integrity): We should do what we say we are going to do. We honor God by completing our assignments on time or attending practice.
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. Matthew 5:37
3. Success comes from God (Relationship): Be humble in your success, giving thanks and credit to God. Use your success to bless others by helping someone who may not have the same skill set you have. Help the person who is struggling with something you are good at. Give to those who are in need.
When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. Nehemiah 6:16
What about you? How are you helping your kids understand the role faith plays with work? Feel free to share in the comment box below!