It’s a fair question. I mean, it’s not like anyone goes to their local church, chapel or synagogue to get marketing advice.
But maybe that’s part of the problem.
We have this way of putting things in boxes. There’s the box labelled ‘work’, another called ‘family’ and yet another we call ‘faith.’
And yes, sometimes the contents of one spill into another (sometimes with less that favourable consequences – ask any mum who suddenly finds she has a child too poorly to put in the ‘school’ box!) but ultimately, they have their own distinct spaces.
Part of it is for our own sanity. Putting stuff in boxes saves us having to think about every single decision. It’s the weekend so it’s time to do stuff from the ‘family’ box. Nine am Monday? Time for ‘work’ and ‘school’.
But what if we didn’t have any boxes?
What if we kept everything together in one big space and just allowed things to bump into each other randomly?
Sounds kind of messy doesn’t it? Does the thought of it make you feel a little uneasy?
Yep, me too. I rather like that some things stay in their own safe little box.
But you know what?
Sometimes it’s good to play with the stuff that makes us uncomfortable.
I’m not talking big, drastic change like suddenly deciding on a whim to home-school your children so that you can experiment with life without the ‘school’ box.
I’m more about suggesting we loosen the edges a little. Maybe cut a hole in one side of the box and see what happens when we allow play and work to mix a little.
And how about seeing what happens in life if we start introducing God to our ‘work’ box.
What would that look like?
And again … I’m not talking big, bold, drastic change like rolling up to your next client meeting in a ‘I
Instead, it’s about just being you, the ‘made in the image of God’ you and being open to loving people, just because. Not because you have some agenda but because people are fab and because you care.
You have this ability to love because you were loved first and you do not have to stand on a street corner singing ‘Amazing Grace’ in order for the people in your life to know God loves them.
You don’t need to preach at them.
You don’t need to give them Christmas cards with bible verses in them.
You don’t need to ‘do’ anything per se.
Just be you. Kind and loving and wonderful you.