Friday, August 29, 2014

sharing faith in professional settings: do I or don't I?

The other day I was at work, discussing some job changes that are coming down the wire with a colleague. This colleague is someone I know on a very acquaintancey level.

While we were talking, she made mention of having prayed to God about finding a job that fitted what she needed at that point in her life. And then, low and behold, the job she has now sort of fell into her lap.

The point of my story is not the power of prayer or how things work out. Rather, I'm intrigued by the fact that she felt so comfortable sharing her faith in a professional setting, in a professional conversation, with a colleague she barely knows.

I don't know whether I think it's problematic or admirable. Honestly. I admire that her convictions are strong and that she is so comfortable in them that she feels that she can just put that out there to the world, even in a professional setting.

But on the other hand, I wonder if the professional setting is really the place to be sharing that information. However, even more importantly, I cannot even fathom what it would be like to share my faith so freely with the world around me, especially my professional world.

While I don't even know if I'd want to share that type of information, I am awed and saddened by the fact that I walk a path where I would never even dream of sharing my beliefs so openly.

I would never turn to someone and say, I did a reading on it or that I did a spell...

I can't even imagine what it would be like to share that information in a professional sphere, particularly an academic milieu.

Wouldn't it be interesting though...  I can only begin to imagine some of the reactions I'd get. Have many of you out there shared that element of your life in your professional settings? I'm curious about how you maintain a sense of professional credibility while discussing elements of your pathworking if you have shared your spirituality.


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