In continuation of the series,"How To Thrive In The Marketplace As The Beautiful Black Professional Woman that God Has Called You To Be," this two-part post will focus on two challenges that I believe coincide as far as applying the Word of God to overcome and experience victory.
It is a rather long post, so I will break it into two parts. Here are the challenges I will address:
How do you strengthen the diversity programs that currently exist in the marketplace?
How do you build and establish positive relationships to enhance job performance using cultural backgrounds?
Throughout this series, I’ve strongly encouraged you to actively and practically embrace God’s view instead of the world’s view. With the clamoring of life whizzing by, it can be easy to get entrenched in the cares of this life. The parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23), refers to the seeds that fell on different types of soil. But there’s one in particular that I believe applies to this post, and that is the seed that fell among the thorns and ended up getting choked out and not producing fruit. The interesting fact is that one of the thorns mentioned is "the cares and worries of this life." In every area of life including the marketplace, the enemy would have you pressured and bogged down by the "cares," so that you are distracted from the freeing truth of God’s Word to be more than a conqueror.
The only way to annihilate a lie is to appropriate the truth!
In light of taking God’s viewpoint approach, let’s consider Esther, Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were all minorities. They were all racially targeted. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were actually slaves in a foreign country. Yet all of them found favor and were promoted to high (executive) positions. The reason is because they demonstrated two imperative character traits:
Commitment to the Lord
Excellence in Spirit
These two principles will ALWAYS supersede racially-motivated environments, and they will elevate you higher and faster by accident than you can in and of your own strength on purpose. Every challenge, issue, or struggle will NEVER be able to stand against the Lord…The name of Jesus is above EVERY name. That being stated, there are practical truths that you should implement to improve diversity programs in the market place regardless of whether or not you are in a leadership position.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. (Matthew 7:2, Matthew 7:12)
View others as God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do the good work He planned for them long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)
From entry level to executive positions in the marketplace, living a life committed to the Lord and operating in excellence will open doors that no man or opposition can shut.
Esther became queen
Even though he entered a foreign country as a slave who was wrongfully imprisoned for years, Joseph became second to the king in that foreign country.
Stay committed to God. Work as unto the Lord. Trust God’s wisdom instead of your own and He will move mightily in your circumstances and bless you beyond your wildest imagination.
As always, I pray that you are blessed by this post, and that you will send me a note and share with me your testimonies of God's incredible miracles and work in the marketplace on your behalf. May you be blessed, empowered, and strengthened!
(I will continue the 2nd part in the next post)
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Thank you for stopping by! Executive Leaders, I hope you drop back by for Part 2.