‘No matter where we start, we can always get better’: The background story to Work + Faith
At some point in your career, you may have asked yourself:
- How do I bring God into my work?
- Should I share the gospel with my colleagues?
- This is hard. How does faith come into play?
- Where is God in all of this?
And if we’re being honest, there may have been times you have felt totally and utterly alone, uncertain if the answers to these questions will ever be found. It’s partly why Megan Su, who’s had more than a decade’s experience in large corporations and start-ups, decided to start the Work+Faith project.
Find out more about her - and little tips and tricks to using the journal - in this interview.
Q: What are some fun facts you would like to share about yourself? How did they influence your decision to create Work+Faith?
For years, I have gone from Sundays to Mondays trying to figure out how to better "bring the reality of Jesus" into our day-to-day mundane. As a person who has greatly benefitted from the wisdom and tools from years of workplace leadership training, I wanted to 'pass it on'.
My best friend once said: "No matter where we start, we can always get better". That has led to my approach to life. Even though I don't naturally read and relate to people well, I can work to get better at that. And over the years, with God's help, with the patience of many a good friend, I have gotten better!
With that philosophy in life, I have looked to learn from people who have gone before, drawing from others lessons, mistakes and wisdom. I don't think this has directly influenced me to create the W+F journal, but they have certainly influenced me as a person.
Ultimately, God has done great things in my life. And I will attest to you that I am not the smartest, nor the most eloquent, nor the most skilled person in any room. But I do have a burning desire for God to be Lord in all spheres of my life, including work. Over the years, I have seen Him do crazy things in my life and work (some in the journal, many left to be told).
I decided to create W+F after God spoke to me about being selfish, keeping all that I have seen, learnt and experienced to myself. I knew it was time to pass it on.
Q: Did you have anyone in mind when putting the Work+Faith journal together?
The journal is for anyone who goes to work and wants to explore this idea of bringing God to work. What does it look like? How do we really live out our faiths at work practically beyond being?
The content is developed based on my experience in a corporate setting, as I have both MNC & start up experience. While the details of industry may vary, I believe the principles hold, cause they are God principles.
Q: How did you decide what to include in the final Work+Faith product?
The team behind the project prayed a lot for His Word to bring revelation and calibration for readers.
For the content, I wanted to align God's word to the every day: Our roles, our managers, our salaries and our scope of work.
For the decision trees, we tried to answer the biggest questions that most people have when it comes to work e.g. should I leave my job, how do I ask for a promotion, should I do something at work, how should I deal with my boss?? I get these questions in and out of church, and wanted to provide some structure to the decision that would be aligned to the Word of God.
"And I will attest to you that I am not the smartest, nor the most eloquent, nor the most skilled person in any room. But I do have a burning desire for God to be Lord in all spheres of my life, including work. Over the years, I have seen Him do crazy things in my life and work (some in the journal, many left to be told). "
Q: The content portion of the journal is printed in the opposite orientation to the rest of the book. Is this intentional? If yes, why have you chosen to do so?
Hee hee. I would say 99% of what is in the journal and how it is presented is intentional. Borrowing from my experience in capability building, running workshops and training, we wanted to catch people's attention by breaking monotony and creating Godly associations with lots of what we hear commonly at work or surrounding work.
For example, "Who do you work for?" or "How are you performing?" are questions that we answer really frequently in the course of life. Our hope is that every single time we hear those questions, be it directed to ourselves or to others, we would be reminded that God is in this work thing with us, if we let Him.
The Selah sign borrows from the rest symbol used in music scores (the hat). Every time a musician sees that symbol, they know to stop, to pause, to breathe before the next bar and stanza. We hope that we would approach this the same. And you know what, even if it doesn't arrest us 99% of the time, the 1% is better than none.
Q: What is one thing that stood out to you in the process of bringing the W+F journal to fruition?
There were a number of lessons in the process, but what definitely stands out is that we should really fight everything in the supernatural. We have a number of testimonies of compressed timelines, things not going to planned from a quality standpoint etc, and yet, when the team came together to pray and fight in the Spirit, we saw God turn things around for better outcomes than what we could imagine.
Q: How do you think God wants to use Christians in the workplace? Why do you think it's important to bring our whole selves - including our faith - to work?
As I have gotten older, my understanding of success has changed. We are prone to an individualistic Christianity that loves compartmentalization, that builds an "I"-centric focus on "my impact" and "my mission".
In contrast, Jesus' singular criterion of success was that He would be about His Father's business, loving Father God above all else and then God's people through obedience. This is true in every sphere - work, family, my inner world. Christ died for us that we may find freedom (Galatians 5:1), not another thing to do. You will notice that most of the decision trees start with "What is God saying?". His ways are often not our ways.
Q: Is there a recommended way to use the journal?
Not really. It was designed to be a notebook, brought with us to work every day. So take your notes in it, be reminded that God's in it, use it as a conversation starter for your faith.
Jesus' singular criterion of success was that He would be about His Father's business, loving Father God above all else and then God's people through obedience. This is true in every sphere - work, family, my inner world. Christ died for us that we may find freedom (Galatians 5:1), not another thing to do.
Q: What would you like users of the W+F journal to learn? How can we continue to live out our faith at work even after the journal is full?
There is this important question we should always ask ourselves in every situation, interaction and relationship: What does success look like? I hope that users will encounter Jesus. If they can hear His voice for themselves, allow Him to speak, and then obey, that is really all that is needed. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and give them all that they need for their every moment, big and small.
Q: Any last thoughts? :)
In Genesis 15, God says to Abram, "I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward". May we all come to a deeper revelation daily that He is our Goal, our Prize and our Reward.
Find out more about the Work + Faith journal here.