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9 Things You Shouldn't Say at Work

Originally posted on the Christian Post on May 12

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I’m new to my job and learning to navigate the office politics. I get that you can’t talk to a boss disrespectfully, but I can see that there is a lot more to getting along at work than just agreeing with my supervisor or not talking about him behind his back. Do you have some advice on what to say or not say at work?

Wondering about the Words

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Working With Your Spouse

The late Larry Burkett, Crown’s founder, believed that an excellent wife, as described in Proverbs 31, should be her husband’s primary earthly counselor. The same is true for a husband - as the spiritual leader, he should be the first to advise his wife. Spouses should be primary earthly counselors for one another.

Larry observed that in a family business, the one spouse can be either immersed in the day-to-day operation or totally isolated fromany vital input. It can be difficult to find a healthy balance, especially if one spouse stays at home or is employed elsewhere.

If you are the less-involved spouse, be careful to not become ignorant of your spouse’s business. You are no longer two – you are one and must learn to function as a team. Learn how to communicate about the business and the expectations of involvement from one another. Also be careful to not become demanding - respectfully ask about and listen to the problems, success, excitements, and disappointments that are bound to happen.

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Do You Like Your Job?

The ancient philosopher Aristotle said “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

When we enjoy our work we tend do it better than the one who does not. Great satisfaction is found when our gifts and talents are put into action.

If our purpose on earth is to serve God by glorifying Him in all that we do, then our vocation is a platform for that purpose.

In fact, we have the awesome privilege and responsibility of orienting our lives accordingly. Only by putting those gifts and talents into practice can we truly experience deep joy in what we do.

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Honesty in the Workplace

Canadian businessman and politician, Stanley J. Randall, said, "The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form."

Have you ever been tempted to exaggerate your credentials when completing a job application or updating a resume?

Desperate people will often lie in a competitive employment market. Some falsify education history or work experience, technical skills or positions held.  A survey from CareerBuilderrevealed that 56% of over 2,000 hiring managers found a lie on applicant’s resumes.

Some actual examples include:

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Building a Reputation that Lasts

Are you full of good intentions but never make headway? Henry Ford said, "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Our careers are highly dependent on the reputations we build...and our reputations are established by our priorities. For a Christian, those priorities must be established outside of what the world calls success. Christ warned that a man could gain the entire world but forfeit his soul in the pursuit thereof.

A Christian in the workplace must live by what the Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches: "chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever." Choosing to live with that goal and purpose, a man’s reputation will be established on Truth.

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7 Ways to Become More Content

Charles Spurgeon said, “If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”

Contentment is an attitude of knowing God’s plan for your life, having the conviction to live it, and believing that God’s peace is greater than the world’s problems.

Today, many are discontented – not because they aren’t doing well but because others are doing better.

Worldly goals are robbing believers of contentment. Lack of peace, lack of spiritual growth and doubts about God are warning flags.

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Lessons From My Dad on Hard Work

My father taught me the value of hard work. He set me up in the parakeet business when I was just 15 years old. At one point I averaged 1,000 birds per month that I sold to pet stores.

I later worked in the oil fields and gave my Dad my checks to save for me. It was dangerous and dirty work. But, I survived.

At the time I only knew to treat people right and make my employer glad he hired me. But, what I learned helped me get to where I am today.

I gained confidence.

I gained skills.

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8 Indicators You Should Work From Home

Do you dream of working from home?

Dell Corporation has a company statement that reads, “Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”

Yes, traditional employment has certainly changed.

According to Kate Ashford, a Forbes Contributor, there are 8 ways to determine if you should work remotely.

1. You must be a self-starter, not dependent on others to meet deadlines.

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4 tips to raise your children to become financially independent

Third John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to see my children walking in the Truth.” Amen to that!  I would add my own corollary. I have no greater relief than to see my children able to pay their own way when they become adults.

We all want to help our children financially, but it is more important to teach them to become financially independent.

Here are some tips:

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4 Steps to Ask for a Raise

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 17.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I’ve been at my job for a while now, and I know that I make a valuable contribution to my company, but I don’t know how to go about asking for a raise. Employers seem to be able to say vague things about the economy being sluggish and rush past any conversation that involves compensation. What does the Bible have to say about how to have an uncomfortable conversation about compensation? Is it more “Christian” to take a lower salary and give up worldly riches?

Stuck with Sluggish Salary

Dear Stuck,

This will be fun! Hopefully this will cover the questions you are wrestling with and give you some tips for seeking a raise so you will be on track for a healthy increase in pay soon!

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