Who sets the tone?

What if you were to choose—before even arriving at work—what sort of attitude, perspective and demeanor with which you were going to approach your day? Instead of waiting to react to whatever might be going on at the office, you would be taking the initiative to be one of the actors that everyone else reacts to. You would be taking the initiative on your own behalf and also on the behalf of the entire office culture.
Tags:  Initiative, Peace, Theology of Work, Edwards

Is personal initiative worth the risk?

Taking personal initiative at work can have its rewards—but it can also be risky. When we make decisions and take risks and initiate change, we face new, unknown territory. It can be terrifying. Some of us retreat; others move forward. Some of us proceed with caution, others with heart-stopping faith. But none of us can see the end result until long after we make a decision.
Tags:  Initiative, Risk, Faith, Gibson, Theology of Work

Before the first Thanksgiving

Long before "the first thanksgiving" in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Native Americans, there was an annual Thanksgiving meal shared among kinsmen that was even richer with meaning. Remembering it should set the tone for the celebration we enjoy today.
Tags:  Thanksgiving, Theology of Work

Humiliation or Humility

Humility doesn't have to come by way of humiliation. Criticism from others (especially public criticism) stirs up any number of emotional responses, but the conversation you have with God about it will determine whether or not you grow from it.
Tags:  Humility, Humiliation, Theology of Work

Forgiveness and accountability in the workplace

Whenever people live or work together, they need to practice forgiveness because we humans are imperfect. No group can function long before someone breaks a promise and lets others down. But forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood words in the Christian vocabulary. We often associate it with forgetting, but in fact, we need to forgive because we cannot forget.
Tags:  Forgiveness, Accountability, Work, Chalk, Theology of Work