What does it mean to truly integrate faith into every area of our lives? This question permeates throughout offices and workplaces as people try to figure out how to live a full life as God intended. There are many things we can do to learn how to live a fully integrated life, but an essential component is learning from other leaders who do this well.
Henry Kaestner, a former FUSE speaker, is the co-founder and chairman of Bandwidth.com, a communications technology company that is transforming the way people communicate. Henry believes there are 10 elements that contribute to a fully integrated life. Three of those elements are work, family and physical fitness.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Work was given to us by God; we were created to work and bring Him glory through our work. When we set a standard of excellence for our work that is in fact, a biblical standard, we are then viewing work the way God intended.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” Ephesians 5:25
“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21
Henry believes there are no heroics in staying in the office late at the expense of family. It’s so important to make our spouses and children a priority, God wants us to love them well. Integrating work, faith and family requires us to get back online once we’ve put kids to bed or spent necessary time with our spouses. We do this all while communicating to our families they are important and matter.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?” 1 Corinthians 6:19
Maintaining good physical fitness is a key part of living a life fully integrated. If we don’t take care of ourselves we can’t do our work with complete excellence or execute the call God has for us.