The locker room is one of the places I fish for men. This morning was one of those brilliant moments when I heard a stranger say, “I love my job.” Wow, gold! Keep in mind there were a number of others listening. I responded with, “I believe work is worship, but I have a question. Why do you love your job?”
My new friend Johnny let loose with, “I just like every person where I work. I come in every day and delight in working with them. There isn’t one I don’t like.” By this time I was laughing and having fun.
When he said, “I guess everything we do should be worship,” I could almost hear that go into the men dressing in and out.
In stark contrast some time ago I listened to a man loudly disclaim his former church in the same locker room as he released a stream of bitterness into the atmosphere. The cool thing is that I took him to lunch today and dug down into all the hurt and pain he had experienced. An hour later I asked, “So where are you today? Have you forgiven these people…because I remember hearing you broadcast some serious bitterness in the locker room?”
He was quiet for a moment. Reflective. Then to my amazement, he said, “Yes, God is helping me. I want to get my life back.” We left friends.
I love fishing.
PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.