Work as Culture Making
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What is culture? the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior ; the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a group; the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people ; the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization - Websters
Facts About Culture
People, beliefs & values, customs, language, artifacts (stuff)
Every group has a culture- family, a church, business, state, etc
Culture can be observed.
Culture can be felt.
Leaders shape culture- especially the "felt parts."
Culture shapes the people in it.
Leaders shape the culture that shapes the people.
Culture Making at Work
1) Countenance-the way you carry yourself and the way you are received.
In your words
1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
4 A gentle a tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil thing
In your teachable spirit
5 A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.
31 The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.
32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
In your disposition
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.
In Your Work Ethic & Circumspect Life
19 The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.
21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.
22 Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
33 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
2) Character- the quality of your Christ likeness
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
joy @ WORK- Do co workers see the effects of grace in your life?
peace @ WORK - Do you cultivate or squelch contention at your work?
patience @ WORK- Are you taking the long view?
kindness @ WORK- Do you seek others welfare before your own?
goodness @ WORK- Are you known to be healthy and wholesome?
faithfulness@ WORK- Can people count on you?
gentleness@ WORK- Do people appreciate the way you treat them?
self control@ WORK- Are you purposeful and directed?
3)Craft- the quality of your work.
Exodus 31- The LORD said to Moses, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
1 Corinthians 10:31-So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
4) Community- the quality of your relationships
Mark 9:50-Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
John 13:34-A new commandment I give to you, that you love oneanother: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Romans 12:10-Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:16-Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Romans 14:13-Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
Romans 15:7-Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Galatians 5:26-Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 6:2-Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-Therefore encourage one another and build oneanother up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:15-See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
James 4:11-Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.
James 5:9-Do not grumble against one another,
1 Peter 4:8-Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1) In what areas do you most need God's grace to transform you? Your countenance, character, craft or community at work? Explain.
2) What is or can be your role within the culture of your workplace?