It is not unusual to hear a politician try to appease somebody by saying that they keep their faith seperate from their work. But this approach presents a question for a group like the Airline Christian Network, whose purpose is to do the exact opposite. We exist to help people be faithful disciples of Jesus in the airline workplace. Our whole point is to join faith and work, not seperate them.[Read more…] about Separation of Church and Work
Christians Engaging Culture is an initiative of St Thomas’ Anglican Church, North Sydney. They produce and compile podcasts to equip Christians to give faithful answers in everyday cultural conversations and to turn those conversations to the gospel. Take a look here.
Are you discontent at work? Is your job the problem or are you? In this article, Teena Dare at The Gospel Coalition provides a biblical background and some helpful tips for you to answer this question. Full of great advice! Read it here.
(The Thorns and Thistles column of The Gospel Coalition has a specific emphasis on the workplace and economics. You can see other great articles from them here.)
I was a passenger on a flight recently and found two curious new shows on the In-flight Entertainment. Both these series each have God as the main character.
The first is “Miracle Workers“, a project by actor Steve Buscemi starring himself and Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter. Buscemi plays God, who has become so fed up with all the problems on earth that he has determined to blow it up. Radcliffe plays a loner who works in heaven in the Department of Answered Prayers and he and a colleague make a deal with God that if they can answer an “Impossible Prayer” within two weeks then God will spare the planet. If they fail, Earth is doomed. God is so sure of the outcome that he already begins planning his next “project”: a floating restaurant called “Lazy Susans” (!)
Of course the portrayal of God is not 100% biblically accurate. But it’s not all wrong either. There are some wonderful moments where God’s goodness and concern for people come out.
The second series is “God Friended Me“.
Miles Finer is an atheist podcaster gaining popularity and on his way to success. His show preaches atheism and (to his pastor father’s dismay) Miles has zero interest or belief in the supernatural. One day he receives a Facebook friend request from “God”. When he eventually relents and accepts the request, “The God Account” starts sending him friend suggestions. They turn out to be people in desperate need of help and the connections and coincidences are too uncanny to dismiss.
God Friended Me is a real feel-good show and also portrays God in an overall positive manner.
If you are on a flight sometime be sure to check them out. They are also available on iTunes and could be a useful way to generate discussion with friends, and enjoy a laugh at the same time.
We were recommended this article about a Flight Attendant in America making a difference in people’s lives during her time at work. It is an inspiring example of how someone has practically used her opportunities to care for others. Read it here.
Five hundred years ago your occupation was mostly determined by what your parents did and your gender. These days we choose our job ourselves (from a myriad of options) and nearly all parents seem to advise their kids to do “anything but what they did.”
The number of career options that we now face bring with them the possibility of “getting it wrong”. What if I choose the wrong job? Should I change career? If you end up unhappy it all suddenly becomes your fault, because you chose it! That makes for a fair amount of pressure. Centuries ago, if your parents were sheep farmers and you had no choice but to follow in their footsteps, well you wouldn’t be worried about whether you had chosen the perfect career that matches your interests, strengths, personality and ambitions. You’d just look after the sheep.
Despite so many options to choose from, and despite a career in the airlines being a dream for many people, many at work are dissatisfied with their job. What might some Christian advice be to someone in this situation? Colossians 3:17 says:
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Here are three things to consider from the verse above. Just remember WWW.
Firstly, “whatever you do” leaves no exceptions; it applies to everyone and every activity. It is how we are to go about everything in the day. Irrespective of how you might view your work, of how satisfied you feel in it, of how much value you place on it, God is interested in it.
Next, the way we are to do it, that is, “in the name of the Lord Jesus”; we conduct ourselves such that we please him and are consistent with his teaching. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “… to do it all for the glory of God.” Col 3:23 says, “work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” How does your perspective and attitude change knowing that, your work matters to God and that we should work as if he was our boss?
Finally we are to act with thanksgiving. Generally speaking, if you have a job in an airline, things are going very well for you compared to most people in the world. We can be thankful for many things, including that we have a job at all, and a means to provide for our families. We can be thankful for the positives, even if there are negatives. Jesus Christ is in charge and in control of all things (Col 1:15-17). Through the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins, we know that God is loving and good (John 3:16). Therefore we can be thankful for his wisdom and goodness and trust him in every circumstance.
I hope that, if you aren’t thrilled about your current job, this helpful verse, will bring you perspective and encouragement and restore some joy to your time at work.
This brilliant article by Brett McCracken on The Gospel Coalition site gives much needed advice about the increase of anger in our generation and how we need to control our social media habits to restrain it. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/anger-overload-digital-age/