Andrea was a faithful attendee at our weekly lunchtime “brown bag” devotionals at the Pentagon about 10 years ago. One day she drew me aside and asked if she could discuss her boss with me. The strain on her face told me much, but she quickly filled in the details. Their work relationship had deteriorated badly, to the point where she dreaded coming to work, and feared her next performance report might reflect the mutual animosity that had developed. We sat down in the conference room and talked about how she could focus on respecting and obeying him as her earthly authority, praying for him, and leaving the results to God. She wept a bit as we prayed together, and walked off with a refreshed sense of purpose.
Within just a couple of days a much happier Andrea pulled me aside to report that her new approach to her boss was already having an transformative effect. She’d just had a heart-to-heart with him, reassured him of her loyalty to him and to the team, and apologized for her recent prickliness. His response was almost instantaneous—like daylight breaking through the darkness. Not only did the atmosphere at work improve rapidly, she felt she’d recovered the quality of her witness for Christ.
A workplace small group can have a remarkable effect, whether it’s in a Bible study, prayer meeting or devotional format. Of course you have be sensitive when pulling one together, since there are ever opportunities to end up on the wrong side of various sensitivities and office rules. Still, it’s an exciting thing to have an active, praying, encouraging, network of believers shining the light and salting the earth at work.