從新從心學習在職場活出神的真理 // Relearning How to Live Out the Truth at Work

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神的話語給予再次踏入商業社會的Coria嶄新的態度和觀點。
God’s Words gave Coria a new attitude and perspective when she re-entered the working world.

四年前,生命裡生活中我還未聽說神;一年前,以信徒的心再次踏入不是以神為中心、不是以神為話題的商業環境….說真的,不是能否適應的問題,而是一切由零開始重新學習。

過去的生活教曉自己,要生存就是比別人更精於說動聽的話以造就更多的商機、更高的自我價值;要生存就是比別人更勤於以自我的目標為中心以造就更好的生活質素;要生存就是比別人更用心計畫以造就自己成為更多人之上。

可是過去數年,回到天父的身邊,祂一天一天用愛的教導從心粉碎了所有我以為曉得的,祂說「惟用愛心說誠實話」(以弗所書4:15) 並「凡事說造就人的話」(以弗所書4:29),不是為造就得財的機會而說取悦人的話;祂也說:「若有人要跟從我,就當捨己,背起他的十字架來跟從我。因為凡要救自己生命的,必喪掉生命」(馬太福音 16:24-25) 並看顧有需要的、軟弱的、貧窮的、 缺乏的、 受欺壓的,不應眼只看自己;祂更說「你們中間誰願為大,就必作你們的用人;誰願為首,就必作你們的僕人。」(馬太福音20:26-27)

還有祂最重要的叮嚀:「我若有先知講道之能、也明白各樣的奧秘、各樣的知識,而且有全備的信、叫我能夠移山、卻沒有愛、我就算不得甚麼。」 (歌林多前書 13:2)

以前凡事衝鋒陷陣、戰死沙場的心態一一不再要得。

以前讓自己"成材"、"有成就"的方法一一不願再行。

以前"贏了別人卻賺不到平安喜樂"的日子一一不求再有。

以前的自己已去,昨天的經歷不再是今天的經驗,成了倒空了的水壺。

這次再被聘用的工作同樣是帶領銷售團隊達標,為出版的書籍宣傳並平衡各部門的合作,該如何教導以銷售來賺取收入的營業員說正確而合乎事實的話來與客戶議談並成功簽署合約?怎樣在業務增長需求的壓力下堅持說誠實話而不吹噓實質的效用?更重要是不讓自己迷失於世俗的閒談、話題與被視為不是同一圈子的人而有孤立感時仍堅持自己相信的、該作的?

記得天父教我 “傳福音不是單單口所說,還有身所作”…以身作則。我相信天父將女兒放在這間公司,這個工作範疇必有祂的心意在內,其中一環如果是生命影響生命,該做的就是那一顆從新從心學習的心,順服在祂的教導,祂的話語就是所有要面對不同事情發生時的該有態度與處事方法的答案。

困難嗎?

記得有一次放工回家途中,在列車上哭了出來並哭著向天父申訴:「爸爸,袮的女兒被欺侮呀!」

也記得被背叛的那份心痛。從寬恕、體諒而反被利用成自己的死穴那份顫抖…

但更記得我告訴天父我怕自己不能再愛那不可愛的人,祂藉著一段訊息告訴我: “重要的不是你是否已愛他,而是你選擇怎樣去愛上。”

這份工作的旅程是一個學習,學習如何做選擇…還記得開始時自己給自己的決定"無論如何,我選擇愛與喜樂",今日也不準備去改變這個決定,也相信明天也如是。

感謝天父!感謝主耶穌!感謝聖靈!

你們作僕人的要凡事聽從你們肉身的主人,不要只在眼前事奉像走討人喜歡的,總要存心誠實敬畏主,無論作甚麼都要從心裏作,像是給主作的,不是給人做的。」(歌羅西書3:22-23)

When I was working four years ago, I did not have God in my life yet.  A year ago, as a believer, I stepped back into the working world that is not God-centered and does not revolved around God.  Honestly speaking, re-entering that sphere was not a matter of whether I could adapt, it was more like learning everything from the beginning all over again.

In my past work life, I thoughtthat succeeding and building up my self worth meant learning to say things that others would want to hear in order to create more commercial.  Surviving in this business world meant being self-centered in order to ensure a better quality of living.  Surviving meant devising schemes to step on other people on my way to the top of the corporate ladder..

However, in the past few years, having come back to the Father, His loving teaching broke down everything I thought I knew about life and success.  He said, “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) and “let everything you say be good and helpful.” (Ephesians 4:29) He did not tell us to say things to please others for more chances of financial gains. He also said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) and to care for those in need, the weak, the poor and the oppressed and not just focus on myself. He further said, “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.” (Matthew 20:26-27)

And His most important reminder: “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2)

Reading and hearing God’s words changed my heart and made me realize I no longer want to possess that reckless, die-hard attitude that I had in the past.

I no longer want to do the things that I used to do in the past to make myself “successful.” I no longer wanted to go back to who I was in the past when I would beat everyone but did not have any peace or joy about my “successes”.

The me from the past is gone.  Yesterday’s experiences are no longer today’s experiences.  I have been emptied of my past values after deciding to follow Christ.

This new job is similar to my last, which is to lead a sales team to reach a sales target, to advertise published books and to maintain cooperation among various departments.  How should I teach the salespeople whose commission comes from the sales to speak the truth during client meetings and still be able to score a contract with the client at the end?  How could I persevere in speaking the truth without exaggeration under the pressure of sales targets?  More importantly, how could I make sure that I would not lose myself in the worldly chats and gossipings and to stand firm for my beliefs when I feel isolated by those who think I’m different?

I remember God taught me that “spreading the Gospel cannot just be by words, but by actions.” I believed that Father God had His reasons when He placed me, His daughter, in this company and this job.  If one of these reasons is to influence life with life, then what I need to do is to humble my heart to learn afresh and follow His teaching.  His Words are the answers as to what attitude I should have and how I should handle the problem at hand when I face different situations.

Was it difficult?

I remember this one time when I was on my way home from work, I cried on the train and complained to God with teary eyes, “Abba, Your daughter is being bullied!”

I also remember the hurt from betrayal. I still remember how shaken I was when my forgiveness and understanding were manipulated by others to become my weakness…

But what I remember even more clearly is that I told God that I was afraid I could not love those who are not loveable.  He answered with a message that said “the importance does not lie in whether you love this person or not, but instead in how you choose to love this person.”

The journey that this job has brought me on is a lesson, in which I learn how to make choices… I still remember my choice when I started this job.  I chose “love and joy, no matter what”.  I am not about to change my choice today and I have faith that my choice will still be the same tomorrow.

Thank you God! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Holy Spirit!

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossian 3:22-23)

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