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Envisioning your workplace with grace

| by James Bruyn

Imagine your work area as a sacred space, an oasis of grace. A place where everybody shows sincere love for one another. Where gentleness exists and mutual respect for each person’s talents and skills is appreciated. Where people submit to their managers or employers for the Lord’s sake. Imagine an organization where people are tenderhearted and humble and where empathy flows freely. Where insults are repaid with blessings.

Envision a culture of peace marked by open, honest conversations, where coworkers focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, loving and admirable. Imagine a workplace in which you are respected for the skills and talents God blessed you with, and where you have opportunities to flourish and make meaningful contributions.

What thoughts are going through your mind as you picture this workplace? What would the conversations be like in this workplace? What would happen when you make a mistake, or you can’t quite figure out how to do your job? What would people say to you when you come to work carrying the joys and burdens of life? Would waking up this morning have been easier if this describes your work environment?

Although this may not be a picture of your work environment, are glimmers of any of these attributes there? Which of these characteristics do you see in your workplace, albeit imperfectly? Take a moment to praise the Lord for these.

Our Lord Jesus, when he walked the earth, created sacred spaces of grace in every interaction he had with people. He pours out his grace on us, he builds us up together into a spiritual temple and a holy priesthood, so together we can create sacred spaces, oases of grace.

How could you live your life, with family, friends and coworkers, to create a sacred space, an oasis of grace, for others in your sphere of influence?

Excerpted from31 Days with God at Work,by James Bruyn (Marketplace 2018). 

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James Bruyn

James Bruyn is a bi-vocational visionary leader, writer and speaker who enjoys helping individuals integrate their faith in God with their daily life. James leads a ministry to Christians in the marketplace in Calgary, provides leadership coaching, and consults for the rail industry. James is passionate about connecting the rich promises of our loving Heavenly Father that we find in the Bible, with the joys and challenges of living out our faith in the workplace. James writes a weekly devotional at

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