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Personal Announcement

Chris Heinz —  August 31, 2016 — 11 Comments

Six months ago in a blog post, I signaled that a change was coming. I didn’t know how it would play out, but I sensed there was a journey to take. I wanted to understand more about my life mission. I wrote:

Some people refer to it as your calling or holy discontent or life mission or the reason you were put here. I like what Frederick Buechner says: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

So I went on a journey that included mentoring conversations, soul searching, a few assessments, classes, readings, and prayer. I asked questions like:

What has made me feel alive?
What have people said I’m good at?
When have I felt God’s pleasure?
What can’t I live without doing?

And here’s where I ended up, which disrupted my life as I knew it—

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Our company, EnergyCAP, Inc., is offering free tickets for a private showing of Sony’s movie, RISEN. It’s on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 PM at UEC Theatres on Premiere Drive. RISEN is a critically-acclaimed movie about a government investigation into the disappearance of Jesus’ body after he was crucified. It will make you think!

A link to details and registration are here.

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We’ve been talking about how to find joy at work.

In Part 1, we shared the difference between joy and happiness:

“While happiness is a feeling of cheer or delight based on circumstances, joy is a prevailing orientation of the heart that produces deep contentment and hope.”
We also shared that one way to find joy at work is to bless your coworkers, whether friends or enemies.

Another way to find joy at work is to accept challenges as opportunities.

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In 1988, 11 year-old Martin Pistorius came home from school with a sore throat. He stayed home from school the next day because it got worse and the next day, too. And in fact, he never went back to school. Martin Pistorius’ body had turned on him.

His body became spastic, his muscles weakened, his speech slurred. Just one year later, he had become a mute quadriplegic with his hands turned outward. His body was frozen.

He couldn’t talk, couldn’t respond, and because he was unresponsive physically, the doctors assumed he was unresponsive mentally. They took him to a care center for people with an IQ of 30 or less, where he spent all day either laying down or sitting up, tied into his wheelchair. His family would take him home at night and bring him back the next morning. This was his routine for ten years.

But then something amazing happened…

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The other day I was reading the Bible, and I saw something I hadn’t seen before. It took my breath away and I had no choice but to bow at its implications. I share it with you because it applies to the workplace.

The passage was John 18, which says that Jesus had been praying with some of his disciples. Then Judas, who had separated himself from Jesus, led a group to where Jesus was.

In Judas’ group were Roman soldiers, Jewish chief priests, and other Jewish leaders called Pharisees. With torches, lanterns, and weapons, they came to arrest Jesus.

But then something extraordinary happened.

Jesus asked them, “Who is it you want?”

They replied, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

“I am he,” Jesus answered.

But then, here’s what happened, which is the part I had missed before.

When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. All of them—the tough Roman soldiers (The Muscle), the Jewish chief priests (The Religious), and the Pharisees (The Political) were all brought to their knees when Jesus identified himself.

You would think they would have paused at their assignment of arresting Jesus of Nazareth.

You would think they would have stopped and asked, “What just happened?” and maybe take a reprieve on capturing this Jesus. Perhaps it was time to regroup.

But they didn’t. They arrested Jesus and bound him and the rest is history.

So what does this have to do with the workplace?

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As we go about our work day, we might learn from an uneducated worker named Brother Lawrence. When Brother Lawrence joined a monastery in Paris in the 1600’s, he wasn’t educated enough to become an official clergyman, so he went about serving in the monastery. For the rest of his life, he worked in the kitchen and repaired sandals. But it was how he went about his work that was remarkable.

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I start my work day the same way every day–I pray. And not just any prayer. I pray the same thing every day.

It hasn’t always been like this. Before I would switch on my computer, look at my calendar, check my emails, and do whatever came next.

But now I pray to start my day. And I’m so glad I do.

Before I share the prayer, let me mention the difference it’s made for me.

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As the VP of Marketing and Company Chaplain for EnergyCAP, Inc., I have an exciting announcement—today we launched a new blog at www.PrayerAtWork.com with weekly emails to encourage you to connect with God at your workplace.

Nowadays, we’re more connected than ever. We don’t have to be in the same office with coworkers or be face-to-face with clients to communicate with them. Phones, video chat, email, instant message, text, webinar, and wireless internet access are everywhere. Yes, we’re more connected than ever.

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