從新從心學習在職場活出神的真理 // Relearning How to Live Out the Truth at Work
God’s Words gave Coria a new attitude and perspective when she re-entered the working world.
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)
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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