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30 Ways to Bless Your Workplace

by Jason on December 7, 2011

I came across an excellent post on blessing your workplace by being a faithful gospel presence and building into the lives of others.

The idea is to engage others in a way that creates opportunities for faithful proclamation of the gospel to happen.  Here below are just 15 ideas with my commentary under each one.

You can check out the entire list of 30 here.

1. Instead of eating lunch alone, intentionally eat with other co-workers and learn their story.

It’s easy tospend our time at our desk and continue working. It’s much harder to be intentional with hearing others’ stories.

2. Get to work early so you can spend some time praying for your co-workers and the day ahead.

If you can’t get to work early, you can still spend time praying for your co-workers.  I’d suggest letting them know that you’ve prayed for them, or even ask them if there is anything specific you can pray for.

3. Make it a daily priority to speak or write encouragement when someone does good work.

It’s amazing how far this goes.  Be an encourager.

4. Bring extra snacks when you make your lunch to give away to others.

The idea here is to show them that you’re thinking of them.  Just don’t give away the home-made chocolate chip cookies to the lady who is on a diet! 🙂

5. Bring breakfast (donuts, burritos, cereal, etc.) once a month for everyone in your department.

This simple gesture goes a long way in building equity into relationships! Bagels and/or donuts are a great treat to break up the monotony of the office!

6. Create a regular time to invite coworkers over or out for drinks.

I thought this was an interesting one.  This would be difficult for those who are totally against drinking of any sort.  For those okay with a drink, this might be an interesting way to get to know people. I just wonder how effective this would be in terms being viewed by others as “someone different”.

I would maybe change this to “Create a regular time to invite coworkers out for coffee or dinner”.  Definitely having them over to your home is a great idea too.

7. Make a list of your co-workers birthdays and find a way to bless everyone on their birthday.

It’s amazing in our culture how much people appreciate a simple gesture on their birthday!

8. Organize and throw office parties as appropriate to your job.

Find reasons to celebrate!  Learn to have fun and be viewed as someone who appreciates levity.

9. Make every effort to avoid gossip in the office. Be a voice of thanksgiving not complaining.

This is a hard one, especially when you may not agree with your boss, organization, or others.  Be a thankful person. Don’t complain and bring others down that road with you.  It’s not a good road to head down.

10. Organize a weekly/monthly pot luck to make lunch a bit more exciting.

This is a cool idea.  When you are the organizer, you begin to be viewed differently by people. You’re viewed as a leader (whether you realize it or not), which opens up opportunities for people to begin looking to you for other advice (potentially paving the way for the gospel conversations).

11. Ask someone who others typically ignore if you can grab them a soda/coffee while you’re out.

Ah yes, the whole “Kill ’em with kindness” concept.  The idea here is to make an inroad with someone who you would potentially gloss over because they “ignore you”.  Many times, people who are shy or introverted come across as rude even though they don’t mean to.  This is sure to break down some walls.

12. Go out of your way to talk to your janitors and cleaning people who most people overlook.

This is excellent!  This was Jesus’ style of ministry.  The people who tend to be forgotten in society were the ones he often reached out to.  Give them a “Thank You” card to let them know you appreciate their work.

13. Invite your co-workers in to the service projects you are already involved in.

I had an opportunity to do this when I volunteered at our local Food Bank.  A co-worker told everyone else about this and how great of a time it was!

14. Start a small business that will bless your community and create space for mission.

This is something that I feel God placing on my heart.  How great would this be to use creativity and entrepreneurial skill to build a business specifically intended to bless others and reveal Christ in word and deed to the community!

15. Lead the charge in organizing others to help co-workers in need.

How great would it be if you were able to organize a meal plan for someone who was sick, or helped someone mow their lawn while they were laid up.

And Be Ready – 1 Peter 3:15 Style!

When you are demonstrating love, building relationships, and being a beacon of hope, many will wonder where that hope comes from.  Be ready to share the gospel in those times faithfully, boldly, gently and with respect at every turn.

What other ways have you connected with people you work with?

Josh also says, “These are very practical ideas for what to do but we also need to consider how and why we do it. Here is a helpful sermon from Jonathan Dodson on this subject called EXISTING TO WORK”

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