When my first son was 18 months old the childhood development books said that it was normal for him to experience “separation anxiety”. The term refers to the angst both parent and child experience when they’ve been separated.
Faith driven professionals experience a form of separation anxiety too. It’s the idea of “separation of church and state” that is causing internal grief. Most people don’t really understand the real meaning behind the phrase but most people imply meaning based on the language.
Before you get more anxious, just relax, this is not a political post.
We’ve been told that when we go to work, we aren’t allowed to take God with us. It’s a common theme. And those that believe what they’ve been told experience an angst they can’t quite describe. There is internal battle and they don’t know what’s causing it let alone how to stop.
The battle you feel is separation anxiety. You’re trying to separate and compartmentalize God but you can’t and trying to do so has you feeling pangs of separation from your Father.
This is why “separation of church and state” won’t work in the lives of a believer. Separating your faith from who you are is like asking someone to check their gender at the door. Or to check their racial identity at the door. It’s just part of you.
The focus shouldn’t be on separating but deeper integration.
Integrating faith and work is the only recourse a believer has. But does integration mean passing out tracts at the coffee machine or going cubicle to cubicle asking people if they died today do they know what will happen to their souls?
It means that we consciously invite God into all areas of our work. It means we make obedience to God a top priority.
I spoke about this very topic on the Confidence Unchained podcast hosted by Catherine Storing recently. Click here to watch the interview on Youtube or click here to listen to the podcast on soundcloud
The topic was marrying your vocation with your calling. The conclusion was this, we GOTTA merge them in a way that honors us and God. It may sound simple FIRSTNAME, but it's the biggest challenge I’ve experience in my career and that’s why I love helping my clients merge their work and faith in a way that feels good and honors God.
What struggles do you have in merging your work with your faith? Leave a comment and let me know.
Hi there. I'm Julia. Founder, Executive Coach and Leadership Development expert at Brave Communication LLC. Unless noted, I wrote all of the posts here in.