Challenges we face working in God’s shop.

“Your work is a very sacred matter. God delights in it, and through it he wants to bestow his blessings on you. This praise of work should be inscribed on all tools, on the forehead and faces that sweat from toiling.”
—Martin Luther

On Sunday, 9/23 the Renew family shared collective thoughts on the challenges and opportunities we face in our work. Then we talked about what it means to be “At Work in God’s Shop” (on Colossians 3:16-17, 3:22-4:1).

Challenges at work:

  • working with family
  • time management (pulled too many directions)
  • adults acting like kids
  • being “honest and nice” at the same time
  • lack of resources
  • being obedient when it’s not your passion
  • showing respect for poor (“inept”) bosses
  • working with volunteers (lack of self-starters)
  • too many bosses
  • feeling like my work is insignificant


  • As I find significance in the mundane
  • to help me have integrity
  • to be light hearted &use humor to impact people
  • noticing the God encounters with people
  • Giving words & opportunities to love on people

As an aside, here are two good articles on God’s purposes in our work: