It’s great to be here for first time up here at the point. What a beautiful location you guys have. it’s pretty, it must be the envy of Silicon Valley churches to be up here on the hillside. Man, this is really great. It is a pleasure to be here. You know, I’ve appreciated getting to know Pastor Cal a little bit as we prepared for today.
I want to tell you a little bit of my story and then, hopefully empower you a bit with what it means and this made for Monday series that’s being kicked off. You know, what it means to be a Christian in the workplace and what it means to sort of enter into the workplace each week, but doing so in the presence and power of God.
So a little bit of my story, I was born and raised in the Pennsylvania farm country, so if you’re back there, you have the Pennsylvania Dutch, the Pennsylvania Mennonites, and the Amish. The Amish for the ultra conservatives and then the Mennonites, they’re like really conservative. So I was Pennsylvania Dutch, so we were the liberals, right? Which comparatively is like super conservative, but were born and raised in the farm country back there. I thought I was a Christian growing up back then since I was baptized when I was six days old. With full knowledge of what I was doing. I was president of the youth group and I was confirmed when I was 12. Of course I was a Christian, what else is there? My father came from a family of 10 and his son number one, son number two, of my grandfather, grandpa helped them get farms. He got down to my dad at number nine and said, “we have enough farms in the family, so just work with your siblings.” And had my dad had a farm, I was the oldest son, I’d be a farmer in Pennsylvania today. Guaranteed, oldest son, he inherits the farm. I liked working with my dad.
MOVE TO CALIFORNIA
So from cow chips to computer chips. Pretty amazing journey. Came to California when I was 18 years old. I had skipped my last year and a half of high school, got my associate’s degree and Intel came recruiting and the interviewer’s name was Ron Smith. He wrote in his sheet of paper after he interviewed me, “smart, aggressive, arrogant. He’ll fit right in.” So I got invited out to interview and at 18 years old I had never been on an airplane. So here I am, this Pennsylvania farm boy, a free trip to California. What do you think I said Cal? “For sure.” Two nanoseconds later, I’m going to take that trip, but I was not going to move to California. I mean you all are crazy out here. I come out here and accepted the job and Intel had this policy that you could work and go to school. So I decided to take the job out here and moved at 18 years old and started my juggling journey because I was working full time at Intel and then I started to go to school full time at Santa Clara for my bachelor’s and then at Stanford for my master’s and PhD work and it was a pretty special.
I love this technology and love what I was doing and was starting to have some success and promotions and accolades for that. But I had always gone to church every Sunday and there are two good reasons to go to church growing up. One was I got in trouble with dad, the other was to meet girls and impress their mothers and grandmothers. It works! So I go to church that first Sunday to Santa Clara Christian Church, and who do I meet, but Linda. So it’s working. So Linda sort of took pity on me as this transplant from Pennsylvania. It was October when I moved out here and come December, I had neither money nor vacation time and we weren’t dating or anything, but she took pity on me and invited me over for Christmas Eve dinner. It was Linda, her mom and her grandmother, and grandma and I hit it off great. As we ended the night with a good meal, playing games and stuff like that, I left and grandma closes the door, turns to Linda and says, “he’s the one” and Linda starts enumerating my many shortcomings.
Well, a few months later we start to date a little bit I was on the slow boat to matrimony. I was going to finish my bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, postdoc work before even thinking about getting married. Because growing up school was super important. Mom sort of pounded that into our heads, “get your degrees, get your degrees”. So I started going to school, working, dating and we’d see each other on weekends a little bit. That was just this wonderful life that we had. But God had a different plan. Linda had endometriosis and the doctor said, “kids now, or never”. Remember, I’m on the 10 year plan. We’re now about a year and a half into the 10 year plan. This was not my plan. After a summer of agonizing, we decide to get married and she had surgery, one ovary removed and part of the second one. Sure enough, after that we had Elizabeth who’s here [picture on screen], our oldest one on the left, or on your left. That was our first one, we named her after the mother of John the Baptist, from the barren womb; and Josiah; and then Nathan; and then Micah. This seems to be working pretty good. So we have our family of four children and now three of the four are now married. We now have six grandchildren. Life’s pretty good.
And in fact, this one here on your right, Evangelene, was born February 2nd. Clara, the one I’m holding here in the middle was born January 24th. “So may your quiver be full of them”. I’ll tell you, grandchildren, you love them twice, when they show up and when they go home. It’s really a pretty special period of life as well. So God has certainly blessed us in this period of life.
And my jobs have been pretty incredible. I’ve had what I call the Cinderella career. How many of you have ever used the computer? Okay, I’ve worked on 30 years of microprocessors. So if you’ve used the computer or if you’ve worked on one, you’ve used some of the things I’ve done. How many of you ever use USB? Okay, I helped create USB. How many of you ever use Wifi? I helped create Wifi. Some of the seminal technologies that exist, I’ve been blessed to work on. I became the CTO [Chief Technology Officer], the first ever CTO for Intel. I became the youngest vice-president at Intel. Just an incredible career over many years. I love technology. It’s just one of those things where this opportunity to create things that truly change humanity, to me is a thrilling opportunity. Now, we’ve had 10 years since Linda and I met and we had all four of our kids in the Bay Area. We then moved to Oregon for 20 years, continuing to work for Intel. So I had a short 30 year stint there [at Intel].
Then we moved to Boston for three years to work for EMC. Then I had the opportunity to become the CEO of Intel, I mean VMware, what am I saying? I did have that opportunity but we won’t go there, the opportunity to become the CEO of VMware. Being CEO of a Silicon Valley software company, what do you think? There’s worse jobs aren’t there? And we are a very successful a company, we’re closing in on $10 billion in revenue. I have 25,000 souls in my community there at VMware that I’m responsible for. I think of it very similar to, Pastor Cal, how you think about the people in your church, their lives, the families that they’re part of, the communities that they’re part of. In many ways, that’s how I think about my community at VMware with the 25,000 people that are under my leadership, my care. How many of my VMware team are here today? I know I have a few of them up here, these are my folks.
Getting recognitions for that has been exciting, but not all are good days as CEO, and in fact, 2016, the worst year of my career.
We had the Dell-EMC merger and our stock went from $80 to $40. That’s like the score of the quarterback in a football game. At that point, I suck. Our son had cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Josiah. That’s the year I broke my foot. Just all these terrible things going on. Last week our stock hit $204 a share. A lot worse things can happen to a CEO.
COMMITMENT TO GOD
And God is faithful through the hard as well as through the good times. Through that we’ve seen very much how he sharpens you, how he uses those times. You don’t grow in periods of success. You grow in periods of change and challenge. That’s the time when God brings you to maturity. I was a young, almost-Christian when I showed up in California. Linda had met me and early in our time together, she asked me if I was a Christian, and what did I say? “Of course!” I was baptized when I was 6 days old. I was president of the youth group. What else is there?” Then she saw my lifestyle and she wasn’t so sure. Then she and the others in the young adult group started to pray for me. In February of 1980, the sermon topic was Revelation 3:15-16. “I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other, but since you are neither hot nor cold but lukewarm, I’m going to spit you out of my mouth.” And that verse convicted me in February of 1980 and at that point I decided I would become hot for God and accepted him as my Lord and Savior. I thought I was an almost-Christian, maybe even a Christian, until I came face to face with what it meant to be hot for God. So that began my spiritual journey. I had my family, that journey that we were on, and full time work. I consider those years what we call “The Juggling Years.”
MAKING IT ALL FIT
How do you make it all fit? And that’s the topic I really want to drill into a bit more in our time together there.
How many of you have plenty of excess time? How many of you struggle to make it all fit? Those who have excess time, you can go to sleep for the next 10 minutes. Everybody else, maybe we have some ideas for how we can make it all fit. I call this “the juggling years”, how do you make it fit in this period of life when you have too many demands, too many pressures, you’re struggling just to get by, and as we think about that, I love this passage [Colossians 3:23], this idea and let’s just look at this verse a little bit. “Making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” Do you do that every day when you show up on Monday, are you making the most of every opportunity that’s presented to you that day?
In my late twenties, I had had a very successful run at Intel. I had the 80386 [chip] and I became the design manager of the 486. I had my first patent. How many of you read my first book? No? It’s called “Programing The 386”. You didn’t read it? If you get to the last chapter, a real page turner, I mean, it’s just thrilling. I can’t believe you didn’t read it. I had become the youngest vice president at the company. I had sort of this unwritten list of things I was trying to get done and this period of aimlessness sort of settled on me. What do I want to do with the rest of my life? And out of that came this period, I’ll say of, settling this idea of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. As you’re struggling with how do you make everything fit, I would challenge you to say, have you really thought about how you want to use the rest of your life?
FIRST – A MISSION STATEMENT – KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING
What’s the most important resource God gives you? Time. Have you thought carefully about how you want to use the rest of your life, how you want to use your time? Out of that came the idea of writing a mission statement. I would just encourage each one of you to think about what it is you want to do with the rest of your life. Use this idea of a mission statement, writing down, struggling, agonizing over the things you want to accomplish with the rest of your life. My mission statement, it’s in the book. We’ll talk about that a little bit more. But this idea of a mission, what do you want to be known for, sort of your epitaph.
- What do you want to be known for?
- And then your values. What are your governing principles that you’re living your life by?
- And finally, specific goals, things you want to accomplish with your life.
Now, when you’ve agonized through it, you draft it, you put it in the drawer, then you take it out, you hand it to your best friend, your spouse, and you say, is this who you think God made me to be? And you work on it, then, finally, as you sort of agonize through it, it becomes this picture of what you’re saying, that’s what I want to be and how I want to live.
WHAT IT TAKES
I’d ask each one of you, how many of you want to have a great family? A thriving spiritual life and a great career? [raised his hands]. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? How many of you want to live a ruthlessly disciplined life? You work hard, you make difficult trade-offs, and you live a highly prioritized and disciplined every day? [no hands in the audience were raised] Let’s try this again, how many of you want to live an absolutely fulfilling life? With great, great spiritual success and great career success? [many hands in the audience went up]. How many of you want to live a highly disciplined life? [no hands went up]
Brothers and sisters, the two go together and that’s what a mission statement is about. Getting very clear on what you want to do with the rest of your life and then living that way. The most powerful words for living a fulfilled are made from Monday life. It’s about making those hard trade-offs and decisions. So first, a mission statement.
SECOND – BE CLEAR ON YOUR PRIORITIES
Second, setting clear priorities for your life, the things that you want to be known for each day on your journey, and deciding every day that you’re going to live according to your priorities.
Now, what are the Silicon Valley priorities for your life? Work, family and God. What are the God given priorities for life? God, family and work. Silicon Valley? Work, family, God. God given priorities? God, family work.
FIRST PLACE – GOD
And let’s just unpack this a little bit today and ask the question, how do you put God on the throne everyday? How do you start out your day putting God on the throne of your life and making that your number one priority? Starting out and personal devotion time each day? Starting out in prayer and thinking through carefully your day and putting God in front of those things. Beginning each day by putting him on the throne of your life; God family, work.
And then also when I, I love this passage here, let’s read it together, “and let us consider how we may spur… that means you’re supposed to read it with me. Let’s try this again. Okay. Read together, “and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more, as you see the day approaching.” What we’re doing here is putting God on the throne each day, not forsaking the gathering of us coming together. I encourage each one of you, are you in a small group? Are you studying the word regularly? Is this a once in a month kind of thing that you show up and just because you have a special speaker and you like the sermon topic today? Or is this part of your life? Is this how you want to raise your kids in your family? That they would be involved in church programs, youth groups. Are you forsaking the meeting together or are you committing that that’s part of who you are and your lifestyle of putting God every day on the throne of your life? God, family, work. Everyday coming back, one time after the other, and saying yes, in fact, I’m going to put God on the throne of my life every day.
I have a prayer partner, Gregory, and we pray and fast on Thursdays. We’re just challenging each other, “how’s it going Gregory? How’s the family? How’s the kids? How’s your relationship with your wife?” And just constantly coming back and putting God back on the throne because everything around us, every pressure, our valley and jobs is pressing him underneath, putting God on the throne is necessary every day of our life.
SECOND PLACE – FAMILY
And what’s the second priority? Family, right in front of work. How many of you have ever had this conversation with your spouse or somebody else about you working too much? Anybody ever had that? You know, Linda and I, we don’t argue a lot, but that topic has been the argument of our marriage, for most of our 37 years together.
How do you then balance putting family in front of work on a regular basis? We had this little argument one time, it sort of went like this. “You haven’t been home much lately.” “Well, actually I have done better this month than last month.” “No, you haven’t.” “Yes I have.” “No, you haven’t.” “Yes I have.” No.” Have you ever had those conversations? Not very productive, right? As we sort of spiraled downward, what we did in response to that is we started the “At Home” chart. We kept score. I’m a goal oriented guy, so keeping score is sort of who I am. So if I was home by 6:15, that was one point. If I was home by 5:00 that was two points. If I was home after 6:15, zero, that was the numerator. If I was gone weekends, that was negative points. The denominator was the number of workdays. So the “At Home chart. Some days I’d be sitting at the end of the street at 6:10 “Hey boys, got to go, I’m getting a point tonight.” Then my secretary, we had an independent neutral arbiter, who would produce the “At Home” chart once a month. Because I’m a goal oriented guy, we kept score. I just say for each of us who are struggling with that idea of family, what are you doing to keep score? How you making sure you’re keeping those things in balance? You know your kids don’t care what time you leave for work in the morning. If you leave at 4:00 AM or 6:00 AM, do they care? No. Are you home in the 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM? The precious family hours? It matters a lot so fight to be home and be engaged with your family.
Dating Your Kids
We started what we call “Breakfast Dates with Dad”. Once a week we’d go out. We have four kids. So once a week I’d go to breakfast with each one of the kids. So once a month I had breakfast with each one and we still do it today. Three of them are in the area. I still do breakfast dates with my kids today. It’s that bond that you build with them.
Dating Your Spouse
Linda and I would go on dates. Every once in a while the kids would say, “hey, why are you guys going out and not us?” That’s the point. Because at the end of 20 years of child rearing, do you know each other? Or has it just become all invested in the kids?
Getting Away On Vacations Together
The first 10 years of my time at Intel, I spent zero vacation days. Why go on vacation? I love to work. Why leave it? I was being successful, being rewarded, got lots of work pressures to get done. Why go? And then Linda one day said to me, she says, “you may not need vacation, but the family needs you on vacation.” God, family, work, in that order. We’ll talk a little bit more about this in a moment.
THIRD PLACE – WORK
Christians should be the very best employees. Because you’re working for the author of the universe. Your standards should be higher than all others. If you get the promotion was God surprised? If you didn’t get the promotion, was God surprised? Lord, be praised and may you act every day in the workplace like Jesus is truly your CEO. God, family and work.
So first, setting a mission, knowing where you’re going. Second, being clear about your priorities and putting guard rails into your life to live that way.
Mentors – Finding Some Help Along The Way
This experience in my career was just one of those seminal moments, but I was in charge of taping out the 80386. Now the 386 was super. Anybody remember the 386? [clapping]. Thank you. That was my chip and I was in charge of getting it into production and this tape out process was a super intense phase of the chip development, the microprocessor development phase, and we were just getting to the 386 production. As I was [the leader], I had to give an update to the executive staff of Intel on getting the 386 taped out. Now here’s the executive staff, I’m way down here and I’m presenting to them, and here’s Andy Grove, the seminal figure of Silicon Valley, Gordon Moore of Moore’s law, one of the most critical figures. Robert Noyce, a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for the integrated circuit there in the front row. I’m dweeb-engineer presenting to them. I described to them that my computers are not stable enough and if you don’t fix my computers, I’m not getting my chip out the door. I was just a little precocious brat, presenting to the executive staff. As I look back on this, “boy, you were certainly wound up!” So a couple of days later I’m sitting in my office and the phone rings. I didn’t want to be interrupted, so I picked up the phone, “Who is it?” And the voice comes back, “Andy”. “Andy, whooo?” “Andy Grove.” At this point I’m panicked and Andy starts shelling me with questions. “What are you reading? What are you studying? What’s your career objectives?” By this point, I’m sort of in a focus stupor and can barely form a sentence. “Those are lousy answers. Be in my office in a week with better ones.” When the president tells you to be in his office in a week, what do you do? You have to show up or leave the country. So I show up and this begins a mentoring relationship with Andy Grove. Now, if you’re going to have a mentor in Silicon Valley, what do you think? Not a bad choice, right? There’s a lot worse mentors that you can have. He was one of the most seminal figures in all of Silicon Valley. But mentoring with Andy Grove was like going to the dentist and not getting Novocaine. He was tough and he was difficult. If you were 90% right, you were 100% wrong.
He just pounded me back and forth. But he made me be better. So I’d say, who are the people who are making you better? Who are those influences in your life, that are everyday making you a better writer, challenging you, encouraging you? This passage in Ecclesiastes says, “a cord of three threads is not easily broken.” As I’ve thought about that, I think about Paul, Barnabas and Timothy. Paul, somebody who’s breathing into your life; Barnabas, a buddy on the way; and then a Timothy, somebody that you’re breathing into. A Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy. Some help along the way as you take your journey.
So maybe these three ideas can help you in your juggling act as you’re struggling to make all of these things fit. Be clear on where you’re going, set clear priorities and live by them, and finally, find some help along the way. That’s the topic of the book. We have some copies out there that you can get. Maybe start your own journey of juggling.
Now, as I said, Linda and I lived in the Bay Area for 10 years, moved to Oregon for 20 years, and then were in Boston for 3 years where I was president of EMC. Then I had opportunity to become the CEO of VMware. When I talked about this with Linda she was not too excited about it because she had said when we left the Bay Area with Intel, “I’m never coming back.” Just a little tidbit, this is just a bonus… never say never to God. So I liked the idea of coming back and being CEO of VMware, a big promotion, a very visible role. But Linda sort of clawed her way all the way across the nation from Boston.
She was just not excited about coming back to the Bay Area, but God had it all under control. One, two and then three and now six grand babies in the Bay Area. I couldn’t move her from here if I tried. As I say, I used to be the most important thing in her life. Now I’m number 7 and soon I may not even be in the top 10. So God has clearly brought our family together and blessed us in this way. But also the idea of coming to the Bay Area, being CEO of a software company, that’s a pretty good job. But we were convinced that God had something bigger. I’d ask each one of you to think about your position in the workplace, in the marketplace and ask what bigger thing does God have in mind for you each day? Pray, “God, may I be used in powerful and mighty ways.”
TRANSFORMING THE BAY WITH CHRIST (TBC)
And as we came back to the Bay Area, we had sort of been involved in some city gospel movements, first with the Luis Palau Association in Oregon and the New York festival and with some of the work that they were doing there. But there was this idea of how can we use this position of influence as a CEO to bring about change in the Bay Area? And out of that came TBC, Transforming the Bay with Christ. A higher purpose and something that we thought, hmm, maybe in the Bay Area we could bring about spiritual revival as might not have happened for decades or ever before. We’ve now formed the organization and after coming back here we said these are the three missions that we have here.
Facts About the Bay Area
- The Bay Area is the richest area now on planet earth. Do you realize you are in the richest area on the planet? Arguably the most influential area on the planet with technology and the companies that are started here.
- It’s also one of the least ministered to areas on the planet. Isn’t that scary? So the fewest number of churches and the fewest percentage of people going to the church.
- And stunningly, despite being the richest area on earth, it’s one of the least philanthropic areas in the United States.
Wow. Think about that. Rich, influential miserly pagans.
That’s our mission field. Aren’t you excited? I am. Because when we as Christians are in the radical minority, that’s when God shows up in powerful ways.
And for TBC there are three things that we want to be known for in the Bay Area so that we can unify the Christian leadership.
You know in John 16, Jesus is praying that we would be one, and as we’ve started to bring the Christian community together, pastors are getting to know each other, coming together in unity.
Secondly that we would amplify works of service to the Bay. “By your good deeds, they will glorify your father in heaven.”
That TBC will bring about church multiplication, more churches, bigger churches, more campuses. That there would be places of worship where people could come together for maybe an hour a day, so that there could be revival in the Bay Area.
HOPE FOR REVIVAL
There’s a piece of research that was done by a Fuller PhD student that said in the major metropolitan areas of the United States, the Bay Area is the only one that’s never had a major revival. I believe that in our day we will see revival in the Bay Area. That we will become known not just for the great technology innovations, but we become known for how the Word of God, how the truth of God is represented in the innovations and churches and how technology gets used to enable the church to reach all of humankind. That’s what I want to be a part of. Are you in?
FAITH IN THE WORKPLACE
So the last topic I want to touch on a bit, what does it mean to be a Christian in the workplace? Soon after I became a Christian, in February of 1980, a couple of months later, I felt this call from God to go into ministry. I started to wrestle with God and I said, “God, please, I don’t want to be like Pastor Cal Woods. I was doing so well and loved technology and what I was doing and the business world. I’m just loving this microprocessor and Intel and things are going so good. No God, not that.” So I wrestled with God for a couple, three months and after that I finally, like Gideon did, I put a fleece before God and I said, “God, if this happens, I will become a full-time minister.” That was a huge thing for me. After wrestling with God and as soon as I laid that fleece before God, the answer came back, “the workplace is your ministry.”
Colossians 3:23-24, “work heartily as for the Lord and not for men knowing they receive the reward of men, for it is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” This became my life verse at that point.
Now, how many of you are Christians? [many hands went up] Okay, how many of you are full time ministers? [very few hands went up] Okay, let’s try this again. How many of you are Christians? [many hands] Okay, how many of you are full time ministers? [few hands]. We’re going to do this until you get it right. If you have been called to Christian faith, you are a full time minister. You are a full-time minister in the workplace and the church place, in the home place, and in the marketplace. You have been called to be a full-time minister and a few, thank God, are called to be vocational ministers. But all of us are called to full-time ministry. So one last time, how many of you are full-time Christians? How many of you are full time ministers? Amen. We are all called to be full-time ministers.
I love the passage where Paul is in Athens. Linda and I had the chance to go to the spot in Athens and stand where Paul gave this sermon. What is he doing? He’s preaching to the marketplace. He’s there everyday in the marketplace. On an average Sunday 3% to 4% of the Bay Area goes to church and on the average Monday 70% of the Bay Area goes to work. Do we expect the 100% to come to the 3% or are we going to go to the 70%? Our job everyday is to be a workplace minister who is going daily into the workplace. How do you do that though? How do you show your faith as you’re working in the marketplace each day? I like to think about this. The pathway to workplace ministry is something that many are uncomfortable with.
How Do I Demonstrate My Faith Each Day?
I sort of get a pat, “okay, you made a compelling case that we’re all called to be full-time ministers, but how do we show our faith each day in the workplace? Just a few thoughts in that regard.
First – Diversity
There are all sorts of diversity initiatives now for when people think about diversity and inclusion. The idea of diversity and inclusion is about enabling you to bring your whole self to the workplace. Including your ethnic, sexual, historical background, and it also means your faith background as well. It’s about bringing that full integrate person into the workplace. Talking about the great sermon you heard on Sunday the same way you talk about the score in the Warrior’s game. Bringing and being an integrated person in the workplace.
Second – Values
Our values may be the safest place to start as you think about your workplace ministry since most companies have values like integrity. How have you ever seen that? Maybe some of you are business leaders and you start talking about the values. When I talk about the VMware values, I’m giving a sermon and just not including scriptural references because almost all aspects of customers, building good businesses, high integrity are based on biblical principles as well. I’ll say values is just a very safe place to start. As you demonstrate the values, think about community involvement, how you’re serving in the community. This is a safe place to start being a workplace minister.
Third – May I Pray For You?
I think this is your most powerful ministry tool. Simply asking, “may I pray for you?” Somebody is in your office, they have a sick child, ask “may I pray for you?” They are struggling with a parent, ask, “what’s his or her name, “may I pray for them?” And then a week or two later coming back and saying, “how is your child, how is your parent doing?” Demonstrating intimacy and true love and affection for who they are and their family situation.
I find this just amazing, but I have said, “may I pray for you” to thousands of people and people I know who are atheists and agnostics and no one has ever said no. Can you believe that? And you’re not saying, “may we pray,” but “may I pray for you?” The softest, most gentle way to say, “may I bring your concerns before my Lord and Savior, may I intervene on your behalf?” I’ll just say one of your most powerful missionary tools in the workplace is asking, “may I pray for you?”
Fourth – The Faith-Friendly Person and Workplace
Some of you may be leading businesses and some of you are in positions of influence. One of the things I’ve just been amazed at, and I’ll say this is somewhat counter intuitive, but the more inquisitive I am of other faiths, the more I get to speak about my faith.
The Bay Area is one of the most diverse areas on the planet, right? Ask, “what’s that diwali celebration about anyway?” Or “tell me more about what Ramadan celebrates.” The more that you inquire of other people’s faith, the more you get to speak about your own faith. So learning to be faith-friendly in this pluralistic environment that we’re in today in the Bay Area is about being ready to be this supple, inquisitive, soft, engaging person who’s ready to show their faith every day.
Fifth – Example of Daniel
There’s one person in the Bible, and I have a whole sermon on this, that I like to give is on the topic of Daniel. Go to Daniel 6 and study the life of Daniel as a workplace minister. He rose to the second in command under three different pagan kings. When the laws were set against him, what did he do? He opened his window and prayed three times a day towards Jerusalem. Being a workplace minister, one of my mentors and prayer partners, Gregory, prays for me almost every week. He says, “God, may you make Pat a man like Daniel.” If you have one person to study in scripture, Daniel’s the man who was a workplace minister as no others. So these are some thoughts on how you can truly be a powerful full-time minister each day as you go to work.
So in summary, the Juggling Act is about the question, “how do you make it all fit?” When you’ve got too much work, too much family, how does it all work? Write your mission statement, set clear priorities for your goals and be everything that God enables you to be, living by his priorities, God family work. Putting him on the throne each day and living according to your priorities with your family.
And finally, some help along the way. Maybe in our day we could truly see a revival in the Bay Area as never before. Tomorrow as you begin “Made for Monday”, what are you going to do? Walk into the workplace as never before, being ready to show the love of Jesus Christ in the workplace. Tomorrow morning, let’s do a little quiz, you’re going to walk into the workplace tomorrow morning, ready to show up as this integrated person for God. You’re looking for those opportunities and by 8:02 AM you’re probably gonna screw up. Then Tuesday, maybe by 8:03 AM, but after you work on the skills and tools, you can become a full-time minister for God in the workplace. Join me on this path to bring God’s love to the Bay Area and imagine how we might see a revival in our day.
Let’s pray. Thank you father for this time together. We’re grateful, Lord, for the opportunity to share your word, to look at what it means to be a workplace minister, to be full-time for you, Lord Jesus Christ, so that we’d be honoring you each and every day as we walk into our places of work, into the school place, into the marketplaces, that in every way possible, Lord, that we would be honoring of your name, that you would be glorified, and that you would be praised. That ultimately, Lord, that you would come again. That we would walk in and hear you say to us, “well done, my good and faithful servants”. Amen.