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Published on July 6th, 2016 | by Haley Seba

8 Ways to Be a Witness at Work





I have a job.

Why? Well, there’s this thing called Adulthood that apparently costs money. (Hint: college, car, insurance, house, marriage, children, etc.)

The thing is, when I first applied for a job, I thought it was just an earn-money-move-on kind of gig. Turns out I was wrong.

You see, God puts us in places for a very specific purpose.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. – Acts 1:8

That includes my job. We are salt. We are light.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

The question isn’t really what we are supposed to do, but how we are supposed to do it.

So, I give you eight ways to be salt and light (translation: a witness for Jesus) in your workplace.

Don’t curse.

I know it’s everywhere. Previous to working in the secular environment, I had no clue what a struggle it would be. When you are constantly around it, those words begin to be the first thing that come to mind. Fight it! Memorize scripture (Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:8; Exodus 20:7; Matthew 12:34).

Start a team cursing challenge (50 cents for every curse word, use a chart, money goes to the person who cursed the least in a week). The point is to be different. To be transformed not conformed.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

Don’t gossip.

Again, prior to working, I had no idea how tempting this would be. Not only is gossip all around you, but there are always THOSE coworkers that everyone knows are a problem, or THAT manager who never does their job. Don’t do it!

Don’t start it, don’t participate in it, leave if you know you can’t resist it. Over time, the fact that you don’t talk about others will make you trustworthy in the eyes of your coworkers. And that makes it worth it.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29

Be the encourager.

Instead of gossiping and cursing, be the person who looks for ways to encourage your coworkers and superiors. One way that I have began fighting negative thinking/speaking about my coworkers is to search for the positive aspects of who they are.

For example, one of my coworkers is quite lazy and doesn’t follow through on what he says he will do. That really gets on my and my superior’s nerves. BUT, he is a very cheerful and uplifting person who gets along with everyone and is great with customer service. So I focus on that.

Go out of your way to compliment your coworkers on things they do well. Make a point to thank your manager for running a good shift. Encourage consistently and sincerely.

Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

Listen, remember, ask.

As I began to get to know my coworkers, I started learning things about them. My manager has a 10-year-old daughter and is separated from her husband. That coworker has a 4-year-old niece that she babysits whenever she isn’t working. This coworker just got out the military. That person is trying to get promoted. The night clerk has a daughter on probation and is going through a divorce.

The point is, listen to what your coworkers are saying to you about their lives.

Remember what they shared with you, no matter how big or small. Ask about that piece of their life often. You will be shocked at how your coworkers respond to those three simple things.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4

Pray for your coworkers.

Now that you are listening and remembering important things about your coworkers, pray for those things. In fact, ask your coworkers if you can pray for tough things when they share those things with you. Even pray over them right there at work. Yes, it is sometimes awkward. But it is an opportunity to be light in darkness.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16

Follow through on promises/commitments.

This is about earning respect from your peers and superiors. If you tell your boss that you will do x, y, and z, don’t forget to do y. If your coworker asks you to do something really small, don’t blow it off.

Don’t fail to complete tasks that you started. It’s not rocket science. Do what you say you will do. This simple thing will make you a dependable, trustworthy, and responsible team member.

When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. – Numbers 30:2

Play on your team.

This is some of the best advice my dad has ever given me in regards to my work life. Remember that lazy coworker I told you about? Well, he’s been a continual challenge for me. I don’t believe that I am responsible for covering up his laziness in the least.

BUT, if I see a task that he said he completed that is not complete, what do I do? Do I tell the manager? Do I do it myself? Do I tell him? Answer: I play on my team.

He is my peer, so I go to him first. I mention to him that I noticed this task isn’t done. Only if he gets angry, or if he still doesn’t finish the task, do I go up a level and talk to the manager about it. After all, if the position were reversed, isn’t that what I would want my coworker to do?

Do to others as you would have them do to you. – Luke 6:31

Excel at your job.

It’s pretty simple, but it’s not easy. Do the best that you can, all the time. Don’t be lazy, show up on time, follow through on your commitments, seek to learn, don’t avoid hard tasks, always come back for the next task, pay attention to detail, be efficient, work hard.

Be an example for your coworkers. Earn the respect of your superiors.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lords as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3:23-24

Excelling, treating others as you want to be treated, following through on commitments, praying, listening, encouraging, refusing gossip and cursing; they are all meant to point to one thing.

Jesus.

This list I have given you is not the end; it is the means to the end.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

These things we do for the Lord, and the Lord is with us.

Now come, let us go into our workplace and obey the great commission he has given us.


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About the Author

is an 18-year-old farm girl in rural Missouri who is on fire for Christ. She is homeschooled and spends her summers working on her family’s farm. Theatre, fiber arts, and reading are her hobbies, but her passion is foster children. She loves spending time with family, and her perfect evening would include a family dinner with lots of laughter and card games.



  • This is SO good, Haley! I can definitely apply these to my job even though my job situation is a bit different. Thank you so much.

    • Haley

      Glad you gleaned some truth from it! :)

  • M. Victoria

    Thanks for this article, Haley! I personally, know how hard it can be hard to be a light in tge darkness at work, but it’s important to show these people Jesus in your life every single day. I don’t show Jesus half as much as I should and it caused me pain because instead of talking about the next Marvel movie coming out I could have talked about Christ being crucified and when that person left suddenly I wouldn’t have felt guilty because I didn’t share the gospel them. This should be my #1 goal at work! Not making sales, not making friends, not soaring above the rest, but letting my light shine before others, so that they may see my good works and give glorify to my Father in Heaven(Matthew 5:16)

    • Haley

      I’m so glad you are realizing this, Victoria. I am finding that it is so easy to just stop at this list, and forget that it is a means to an end. Just last night even, I had this grand opportunity that God obviously brought before me to witness to a coworker. I wrestled in my mind on whether or not to be bold and take it. I did, and now she and I are having lunch together next week! That is my opportunity to share Christ with her! But it felt super awkward to ask…and it will probably feel awkward during lunch to be bold and witness. The Lord is with me, and I do not fear awkwardness!

      • M. Victoria

        I am so glad God has given you this opportunity to be bold and proclaim His name! It’s an honor! I pray that He will give you courage and strength! Matthew 10:19 “…do not be anxious how you are to speak or what to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Please, pray for me at work( today even) as I work with all these lost souls. Prayer that God will shine through me and speak through me. Together(with the strength of God) we can bring a light to the darkness! Shine bright, Haley!

  • Haven Asnip

    Wonderful article Haley (: Great reminders and full of practical advice, thanks for sharing!

    • Haley

      Thanks Haven! I always make an effort to include practicality, just because I am such a do-er. I want the next step, not something to chew on for a while!

  • Rachel Kimzey

    Wow, Haley! This is so good! I can definitely relate to all of these things! I’ve thought about some of this stuff before, but I REALLY appreciate you taking the time to write these things out. Both encouraging and challenging. <3

    • Haley

      Thanks so much, Rachel! I’m glad they are not new thoughts. Hopefully they seem doable now that they are listed and organized before you. Go and be a witness for the Lord!

  • Heather C.

    This is a great article, Haley, even though I have a different sort of job.

    I’d love to help foster children someday too!

    • Haley

      That is so awesome, @disqus_3cFc4XVk3W:disqus! I am crazy, crazy passionate about helping foster families. Actually, I wondered if you would be interested in starting now instead of waiting until you’re older? After all, there are lots of ways we support families even if we can’t foster. I am currently in DHTU, and I hope to have a focused project coming very soon that is oriented towards doing that very thing. Can I message you when I do?

      • Heather C.

        Umm, yes! I would be interested! You could tag me in a comment, or reply to this comment (if you can find it when you finish that project) or, are you on Revive? revivingtheredeemed.org is a Christian teens’ social media that a rebelutionary started. If you are on there (or want to join) you could message me there?

        • Haley

          I have been on Revive in the past, but I found that it to be a distraction and decided to leave. (Not because Revive isn’t awesome! I just couldn’t handle the temptation to be distracted. :) Anyway, I will tag you in a comment or reply to this one when I have something ready to go that you can get involved in. It will probably be several weeks, just fyi. The awesome thing about the Reb, is that we can get together and collaborate on big projects!

          • Heather C.

            Ok, sounds good!

      • Heather C.

        Hi Haley, how’s the project coming along? 😉

        • Haley

          Haha, thanks for checking back! I actually had a fantastic idea for a project, but I can’t start it right now due to time. It is something that you could easily do though. Email me at [email protected]. I will edit this as soon as I publish it so that you just get the message in your email and it is not published to the world. 😀

          • Heather C.

            Haha, I have zero spare time at the moment too, but I’m hoping next year will be different since I’ll be finished (home)school, so I’d love to hear about it anyway!

          • Haley

            Did you get the comment with my email, or did I edit it too soon?

          • Heather C.

            Must have edited it too soon. Try again, and I’ll sit right here waiting!
            I might not get permission to share my email with you, but I’ll ask my parents.

  • Amber L

    Thanks so much for writing this! I’ll definitely keep it in mind for future jobs.

    • Haley

      Awesome! Thanks for reading.

  • Haylie

    Yet another fantastic article, Haley. I love reading your pieces! Thank you for these thoughtful words :)

    • Haley

      That’s so encouraging, @a_haylie:disqus. Thank you for reading!

  • Sarah A.

    Great article, Haley! I’m planning on getting a job soon so this was a good reminder for me!

    • Haylie

      Same, @nerdylightbulb98:disqus Happy job hunting!

      • Sarah A.

        You too!

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          • Sarah A.

            You weren’t interrupting us at all, it’s perfectly fine for you to reply to my comment!
            I’m sorry, but I’m not sure that I understand what you’re asking. It seems like you might be asking about my future plans, but I’m not sure. I’m not trying to offend you or anything, but I’d just like to clarify what you’re asking. :)

          • Elsöz Metin

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    • Haley

      Yup, I wish someone had told me these things BEFORE I got my job! :) Good luck finding a job.

  • Thanks for writing this great post!

  • Heather C.

    Got it!

  • Haley

    Okey-doke. Let me know if your parents will let you email me or not. Do you want me to go ahead and give you the overview?

  • Heather C.

    That might be good, because I’m pretty sure they’d rather not. They’re not even keen when it’s someone from Revive that I’ve known for a while. But I may make a public email address sometime, so we could potentially use that if I do! :)

  • Haley

    ok, no biggie. So something I did in 2014 and 2015 was help sort and organize clothes for a foster family clothes closet. Basically the premise was that families with kiddos new to the system and in need of an entire wardrobe could come and shop for free. Kind of like a thrift store. All the stuff was donated, and we gave away everything.

  • Haley

    The problem was that it never really got off the ground as far as families coming to get clothes. We had literally rooms and rooms full of donations, but no families.

  • Haley

    So last year it moved to another location that was a little more formal. It was a FosterConnect location, which is an organization in my area set up with all kind of fostercare resources for families.

  • Heather C.

    Sounds like a great idea! Not something I would have thought of! Did it work better at the new location?

  • Haley

    I was so glad, because it is doing a lot better now that it has moved there. The thing is, I can no longer volunteer because I am not 18 and they can’t do a background check on me.

  • Haley

    So, I was left with no place to volunteer. What had struck me the first time around was the sheer AMOUNT of clothes donated. I had several churches donating, tons of random people, SO MANY! I had to start turning away clothes because we didn’t have room in our location.

  • Haley

    It was so cool. I’ve recently moved to a bigger church, and if I put the word out, I could have rooms full of clothes in a few weeks. A huge resource. But the issue remains, how do I get the clothes to the people who need them?

  • Heather C.

    Wow, definitely something I can think about. Thanks for the food for thought! And I understand not being 18… I have a list of things like this that I can do when I turn 18.

  • Haley

    I know there is a need. We are a foster family, and we know many others. When I went on the foster connect website, I found my answer. There is ALREADY a location that would use any clothes I got them. One of their ideas for support/volunteer was a clothes drive. I haven’t emailed them yet, because like I said, I don’t have time right now, but I intend to do that within a year. Maybe multiple. I have the experience from before, and now I have a way to get the clothes to the people. I’m really excited.

  • Haley

    I wanted to encourage you to look around for an already established location as well. It is always easier to start with helping out someone who is already there, and then maybe later branching out on your own. Maybe it’s a homeless shelter. Maybe it’s a foster connect location. Maybe it’s a food pantry. But churches are a great resource (seriously, you will be drowning in donations within a month), and it doesn’t take much to get it going. Also, if you need help sorting clothes (A HUGE time commitment, btw), then it is likely that you could easily organize a few sorting days for people to volunteer. I did that as well, and it went so well. You can do this girl!

  • Heather C.

    Ah, ok, it’s important to check if the need is already filled, isn’t it? But they could probably use more help. I’ll definitely have to see if there is something like that here in Australia! Thanks so much for sharing this idea with me!
    Also, I think it’s great that your family is a foster family! I would love to be!

  • Haley

    Yes, do some research! I didn’t realize you are in Australia (what time is it there, anyway?), but I’m sure you could do a web search with some keywords like foster, adopt, connect, support, resource, etc. If you are seriously interested in giving it a go next year, shoot me an email or comment so that we can work through any issues, questions, or opportunities together. Brett mentioned in DHTU that technology is a blessing, and there is no reason not to use it to work as a team! I will try to do the same. 😀 😀 😀

  • Haley

    Oh, anther idea is school supplies. There are usually a lot of established programs for that looking for donations. School supplies are another huge need.

  • Heather C.

    Yeah, I’ve heard of that one.

  • Heather C.

    I sure will!
    Actually it’s 8:25am on Friday, and I woke up late, so I have to go eat breakfast!
    I’ll potentially be in touch, though! I’ll put your email and the link to this convo next to this idea on my list for when I turn 18 ;D

  • Haley

    haha, ok. Just so you know, you don’t have to be 18 here to organize a clothing drive. I don’t want you to think there was an age limit for donations. Just at that particular location there was an age limit for volunteering. 😀 Remember, we don’t have to wait to make a difference. Just because we can’t foster right now doesn’t mean we can’t make an impact on kid’s lives. God bless!

  • Heather C.

    Yeah, that’s true! There are a lot of things I have to wait for, plus I’ll finish grade 12 in January 2017, so that’s when I (might) actually have some spare time. One thing I have to 18 for is to be a foster mentor. Basically you just spend a couple of hours every week with your chosen kid, just to be a positive and caring influence outside of the foster family.

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