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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The GEO Principle

For the last several years, I have been contemplating the integration of faith with work. Usually, it seems like work is not the place to be thinking about God because, after all, work is about making money. But if we are called to live our faith all the time, them clearly that must mean at work. I know I spend most of my waking hours on the job.

I am convinced we are to live our faith on the job. I call this idea the GEO Principle, meaning "God in Every Occupation." If everyone lives their faith at work we would bring God to every occupation, and I know the world would be a better place. But there is a very real question in all of this -- how? What does it mean to bring God to work and how can a person do such a thing?

I have started a dialogue around this issue at a new blog: I hope you will take a look at it and check back often. Even if you do not work outside the home, I hope you will tell someone who does about it. I am trying to post a couple of times a week; there seems to be enough fodder on this topic for a very long discussion. My own effort to live my faith at work seems like it will be aided by talking about it.


whanderson said...

I love this topic! As a matter of fact, this has become a burning issue for me as much so that I've been changing my life to help others (and myself!) integrate their faith and work. I'm working on a book about this topic (it's working title is Faith From 9 to 5: How to Overcome the Seven Deadly Sins and Live Your Faith at Work).

I think the biggest way we do this is to consciously act in accordance with the two greatest commandments: Loving the Lord with all our being and loving our neighbors as ourselves. While it can be easy to recognize our neighbors in need as a result of some horrific disaster, our neighbors are also in the cubicle next to us!

I'm going to head to your new blog and follow you from there.

Good luck with it.

I have two sites right now: and (neither is very pretty right now!)

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Hey, that sounds interesting. I'll stop over!