Today it is my pleasure to introduce Kimberly Howey, a mentor, friend, and we share the same spiritual parents. Few people on this planet have impacted me the way she has, and I hope you will enjoy soaking up her words of wisdom.
Have you ever wondered if God is in your workplace? If you’re there, then, yes, He is! As hard as it may be to believe, I have found that the glory of God can be manifested and experienced in a powerful way in the workplace, even in a non-Christian environment. In my experience, God’s love is unyielding when His people are willing to practice kingdom principles wherever the soles of their feet take them. His kingdom order can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone around you through your obedience to seek first His kingdom and righteousness at work.
Genesis 39:2-5 KJV “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.”
7 Ways to Thrive in the Workplace
1.) Be submissive and obey your leaders: When you remain humble in your service to your leaders at work, those who witness your daily submission will be emboldened to act with humility as well. This transforms your blessing into their blessing as well! Hebrews 13:17
2.) Manage your attitude and countenance and always be encouraging: Maintain a bright, positive attitude, and manage your countenance. If co-workers are complaining, discipline yourself to be the positive voice in the room. If others criticize you for having a positive outlook, stand your ground and remain un-opinionated about your co-workers. A great neutralizer for a negative attitude is to be a problem-solver who repairs an issue without needing recognition for it. Your encouragement can be the key to unlocking a safe environment for your co-workers to reach their greater potential. It is a fact that when we feel safe and we trust the people we work with, we flourish to greater levels of creativity! 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 21-22
3.) Be Discreet: Follow a strict “No Bully/No Gossiping” rule! No matter how badly you want to join the crowd in hating the coworker/leader who irritates everyone, don’t fall into the gossip trap. You are well able to confront conflict with the intention of reconciliation without using passive-aggressive behavior or unforgiveness as a tool to manipulate a person’s bad behavior. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
4.) Never compare: Never compare yourself to your coworkers/leaders. Nothing halts your ability to thrive in the workplace like an outspoken spirit of poverty. Poverty is relentless in its message to tell you that everyone else has it easier than you, that if you only you had what they had you’d be happier, and that you’re more than or less than your counterparts. The spirit of poverty loves to isolate and divide a team of people simply by engaging you in a dialogue that includes dissatisfaction, discontentment, and lack. You will discover that never comparing yourself to others will eliminate fear-based suspicions that arise in our minds towards people we feel inferior or superior to. Hebrews 13:5
5.) Be humble: Because the favor of the Lord is upon you, it is your duty to carry the blessings of God responsibly. God’s favor should never be used to diminish others. Your leaders’ compliments should never be bragged about and boasted before others as a trophy but revealed by others as a product of your hard work and effort. Be humble. Serve first. Meet the need first. Problem-solve as a team and not as a one-man-show. 1 Peter 5:5, Genesis 39:2
Because the favor of the Lord is upon you, it is your duty to carry the blessings of God responsibly.
6.) Be reliable, on-time, and consistent: Consistency builds credibility. Allow your credibility for excellent work, punctuality, and reliability be the evidence of God’s order and favor upon your life.
7.) Manage your environment: An important contribution you can offer to your workplace is your ability to raise the level of order. Be clean, organized, and assign purpose to your things. Proverbs 31
Nourishment is inevitable when a team thrives through humility, reliability, and submission. The entire business prospers, staff health improves due to the atmosphere of trust, and competitiveness gives way to collaboration.
Kimberly is an adoptee from Seoul, Korea. She was abandoned at birth and adopted by an American family through Holt International Children’s Service. Kimberly is married to Pastor Mark Howey and together they have five children ranging in age from twenty-two years-old to eleven years-old. Mark and Kimberly have ministered together as pastors of Today Church and Kimberly is a periodic talk radio host for One Jam Nation Radio. They’ve homeschooled their children for more than seventeen years and Kimberly is a supervisor in the children’s program for Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club where she serves the needs of over seventy-five school-age children.
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