I AM Coffee

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Contact Name: Carolyn and Ron Spears, Owners

Business Name: I AM Coffee

Business Address: 4728 Vine St Cincinnati,  Ohio  45217

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/WeAreIAMCoffee

Business Phone: 5134294975

Business Description:
We are a Christian on coffee shop located in the heart of a little community called Saint Bernard, about 6 miles from downtown Cincinnati. We offer coffee, and espresso based drinks along with a variety of other pre packaged drinks. We also offer pastries, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches for the morning, and sandwiches and soup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through April. We provide indoor outdoor seating, along with a cozy and relaxing environment for you to sit, read, and enjoy community, or even study. We make sure every customer is treated like family, and enjoy getting to know our regular customers. We welcome everyone, from kids to the elderly, and even our four-legged friends as well. We make sure to sugar up the kids, give dog treats, then send you on your way!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I (Carolyn) actually helped out here before when it was an existing coffee shop under a different name and ownership. The previous owners were having some health issues, and the shop was going to close. We felt it was a very important part of this community, and hated to see it close up. So along with another couple, we purchased it, renamed it, and rebranded. We’ve been going strong since April of 2018.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
For me (Carolyn), I was 12 years old when I accepted Christ at my home church in our youth department. I had been raised in this church since I was 9 months old. I also attended a private Christian school for 6 years, so I was aware of who our Lord and savior was and still is.
Ron was 15 years old and gave his heart to Christ at a revival we were having at our church. We actually met at church in the youth department, and were friends. We grew up and then went our separate ways for 15 years until we were given the chance to come back together, then marry.  We have been married for 17 years now, with a blended family.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We feel that being here in the community, we are a safe haven for people; plus, it gives us the opportunity for outreach throughout the community. I had already been heavily involved with community service within our school district, church, and my honor society.  We have found a purpose within this community, and hope we at least can help others. We feel the need here with the children of the schools, and do not like to see them go hungry or go without

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We support several different aspects of the community, from the food pantry at local churches, to all the schools around us. We help collect food, coats and winter apparel, and school supplies, as well as items for our senior citizens. We do not like to see people go without, and know how lucky we are to be given this opportunity. We only hope we can grow even more.

Wind Bender Mechanical Services, LLC

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Contact Name: Candy & Robert McBride, Owners

Business Name: Wind Bender Mechanical Services, LLC

Business Address: 784 SR 72 S Jamestown, OH 45335

Website: http://www.windbender.info

Business Phone: 937-675-2982

Business Description:
Wind Bender Mechanical provides heating, cooling and plumbing services, including repairs and installation. Our business is primarily residential, and is a small, family-run business…myself and my husband.   We are certified to service and install Geothermal heat pump systems, zone systems and tankless water heaters, as well as air quality products and water treatment products and services.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My husband Robert had to switch trades and picked this one closest to the line of work he was previously doing. I had a background in business management and insurance. Together, we combined our skills and used every penny we had – as well as cashing out our retirement – to start our business in July of 2005.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
As a child at age 10, I first gave my life to Christ thru direct influence of my mother and extended family.  Of course, as I grew older, there where seasons when I was estranged from the Lord . 

The season I am in now as a mother and a grandmother I think is my favorite.  I am able to pray for and with our children and grandchildren, to let them know they are not alone and who to turn to, our Lord and Savior.  I know if it wasn’t for the prayers of my mother and my grandmother, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Most recently, my daughter-in-law shared a moment with me, a picture of my grandson praying in preschool for my dog who was getting ready to have surgery. What a blessing it is to see your grandchildren pray.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our business shows me how we can bring the kingdom to others in more ways than I ever imagined.  We honor God by tithing our labor as well as our resources to help those in need of heating, cooling and plumbing as the Lord directs us. This is our second year of being able to give a furnace away free to a person or family in need.

Our business has also gave us an opportunity to model Christ and our humanness to our employees who we care for as part of our family.  God has used us, as well as our employees, to facilitate trust, compassion and encouragement to each other and to our customers.

My favorite moments of connecting people to Jesus is when I get a random phone call either from a current customer or a potential one where the conversation becomes intimate. The person who calls is looking for Jesus, for his touch, his comfort, his words, and I get to be the vessel in which the Lord has used to offer testimony and encouragement to those in need.  This is when I feel the impact our business truly makes in others lives others.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Women’s ministry and helping those who are less fortunate has always been my heart’s most desire.  I grew up very poor, stood in food lines with my mother, at the Salvation Army for Christmas gifts, and felt the fear of not knowing how we where going to make it.  I have had people who I have had an opportunity to bless ask “How can I repay you?”  I say, “Pay it forward.”

I always wanted a big family…lots of sisters… and I think this is why I love being involved in Women’s ministry. Being able to help and empower other women strengthens and blesses me.   You may never know the impact you make on another person’s life until you either witness it or they come and tell you.  These are the sweetest moments that remind me to push on in my own spiritual journey.  To form and to have intimate relationships with other women, my sisters in Christ, keeps me grounded.

Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness

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Contact Name: Dr. John Moore, Owner

Business Name: Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness

Business Address: 8570 Cotter Street

Website: http://www.dr4health.com

Business Phone: 6147813139

Business Description:

Here at AmeriHealth Chiropractic & Wellness, we are proud to help our patients live better, pain-free lives.We truly believe that no one deserves to live in pain, even as they age. We will do everything we can to ensure that our patients are comfortable. We are proud to help people heal after an accident or injury and diminish any unwanted discomfort.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My mom was a nurse and my step dad was a doctor. He had suffered low back pain for years and had 2 back surgeries
I watched him suffer from the pain.  I did not know how much back pain someone could suffer

My personal story is as follows…I had jumped on a roof at 13 years old, and broke my back in 2 places. At 17, I was competing in surfing in California and suffered tremendous back pain. I found a grocery store receipt, and on the back was a coupon for a Free exam and xrays at a Chiropractic office. I went, and let me tell you it felt so good and changed my life.

I later became a massage therapist and then decided to become a chiropractor. I love being a chiropractor and working with my hands to help people feel better, move better and live better lives with chiropractic and living a healthy lifestyle.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
When I met my wife and became a chiropractor, I thought I should check out Christianity. I went to a Promise Keepers Event in Oakland, California, and Billy Graham gave an altar call for anyone who wanted to receive Christ, that they could do that now. I walked forward in faith and gave my life to Christ.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It is everything to me. I feel that it is the way we do our business…. by Christian values.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I attend Adventure Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. Its a non-denominational church.

Ladd & Carter Tax Service

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Contact Name: Bruce Carter, Owner

Business Name: Ladd & Carter Tax Service

Business Address: 1226 Linden Ave Dayton, OH  45410

Website: http://laddcarter.com

Business Phone: (937) 258-1040

Business Description:

Ladd & Carter Tax Service provides year-round affordable full service Tax Preparation for individuals & businesses (preparing Federal, State, and City Tax returns), plus bookkeeping for small businesses.  They are a 3 time Best of Dayton award winner, and Better Business Bureau member.They make tax season simple – call for a consultation.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My Father-in-law had a prior business which I became involved in.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
August 1964 in a Youth Revival at Northridge Baptist Church

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We want people to see Jesus working in us.  As we meet with people we remind ourselves of how Jesus would like for us to treat individuals.  We strive to be a light in the Dayton area as we show God’s love and acceptance.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (MATTHEW 5:16)

Cold Stone Creamery

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Contact Name: Brett and Holly Neely, Owners

Business Name: Cold Stone Creamery

Business Address: 6815 Miller Lane Dayton, OH 45414

Website: http://coldstonecreamery.com

Business Phone: 937-264-9758

Business Description:
Our Cold Stone Creamery offers the finest and freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes, using only the highest quality ingredients.  Our signature process is preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
We were looking to invest in a small business and had the opportunity to buy into the Cold Stone franchise.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
We both grew up in Christian homes and had parents that taught us about Jesus.  We both made decisions as teenagers to give our lives to Christ.  That has made all the difference.  We have made our faith an important part of our own family and have instilled those Christian values in each of our children.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It affects everything we do,  because Jesus is the center of our lives.  It affects how we deal with customers, train our employees, and how we interact with our community.  Our faith is a part of every decision we make.   It is our hope that people leave our store feeling that something is different about our business.  The difference is Jesus.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We love and value all the young people that work for us.  God has given us the opportunity over the years to work with many teenagers and young adults from all walks of life.  It is rewarding to teach young people how to work hard and influence their lives in a positive way.  Our employees are the best part about our business.

The Career Strategist

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Contact Name: Diane Wingerter, Speaker. Author. Strategist

Company Name: The Career Strategist™

Phone Number: 614.390.4227

Website: TheCareerStrategist.net

Address: 396 Oxford Oak Drive, Blacklick, Ohio, 43004

Business Description: Diane Wingerter offers those in Career Transition the strategies and tactics to guide them to a Career and to a Company which they LOVE!  Process spans the entire journey–including how to prepare, select, plan, execute, follow-through & analyze. Together with clients, she creates a plan by design, not by default. This allows her clients to embrace a process infused with prayer and to take control and realize that their future lies in their own hands!  

How did you get started in this line of work? In the Corporate setting, Diane served in roles such as Vice President of Human Resources and personally hired over 1,900 individuals along life’s highway.  As Diane combines her hiring perspective–along with her strong sales and marketing experience–she also infuses prayer, scripture and God’s assistance throughout the journey.  Diane’s ‘success-cocktail’ is designed to conquer and expedite the Career-Journey. Thus, her clients transform from “Hunting2Hired” and when that occurs, they give the Glory to God!

How did you come to faith in Christ?  I ‘grew-up’ in the Church environment since elementary school and it has always been a  part of my life. At the age of 6, I was on a live Christian TV Show, which aired on Sundays.  I served in the Youth Ministry and in the Children’s Ministry for a total of six years. Along life’s highway, I was traveling and working in multiple states and became seriously ill.  At that time, I felt the presence of God & Jesus in my recovery and healing and truly know that God was with me.  He will help you, if you ask, through prayer.  So, I live my life as a ‘Prayer Warrior’ with daily Prayer and with Gratitude, always at the forefront of my mind.   

How does your faith impact the way you do business? Simple, I base my business decisions on biblical principles and do so, with confidence in my decisions.   

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?  Healing is near and dear to me, because of my own experience and that of others who I have prayed for and have received healing. About 3 years ago, I put together a healing prayer guide ‘Healing On The Horizon’ which I send to individuals who are in need of prayer support and guidance.  

Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer. God gave me the idea to add Faith to my book.  In 2019, when I originally came up with the title and idea to write Hunting2Hired, the elements of scripture and prayer were not in the concept.  In February of 2020, God said to add Faith into the Book, and I said, yes Sir!  So, when I began to write it during late March of 2020…..I moved forward, full-steam ahead and finished the initial manuscript 5-weeks later! 

Why do you advertise with Christian Blue Network? Three reasons, I want to support a Christian-Based Publication, I want to be ‘associated’ with like-minded Businesses and Business Owners, and I feel the ‘audience’ will appreciate the fact that Faith is infused into my Book–as well as–throughout my one-on-one Consulting.

Faith Built LLC

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Contact Name: Robert Rubio, Owner

Business Name: Faith Built LLC

Business Address: 820 Highridge Ave

Website: https://Faithbuiltllc.com

Business Phone: 19372607340

Business Description:
At Faith Built, our name says it all. We are a company built on faith. We know that every gift and blessing comes from the Lord. We take those gifts and talents he has given us and use them to be a blessing to others. Our ultimate goal is to be a blessing to everyone involved. We strive to one day fully fund mission trips and outreaches. We provide a large variety of services from small remodeling to new construction. Blessing people in Dayton and surrounding areas with over 20 years experience.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My passion for designing , building, and helping people.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I had many trials and tribulations that left me completely broken and in need of a Savior.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
My faith holds me accountable to try my very best and to what is right in all situations.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
To use my gifts and talents for the Lord.

Practical Ideas on How to Shine the Light of Christ at Work

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If you are looking for practical ways to shine the light of Christ through your business (and personal) life, I offer these suggestions below – through prayer, what you share, how you care, and what you “wear”. Choose which ideas work best work given your situation, then trust God these actions will bear fruit.

Prayer – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Be joyful always, pray continually…”

  1. Pray for your clients, vendors, and staff
  2. Plan a weekly staff prayer time and/or devotional
  3. Open and close every meeting in prayer
  4. When a need arises, pray for someone right then, instead of saying “I’ll pray for you”
  5. Offer a prayer for your meal at restaurants; ask your server ahead of time if they have a prayer request you can
  6. Pray on the full armor of God at the start of your day
  7. Pray Psalm 5:3 – then wait expectantly


  1. Tell your faith story regularly – with believers first – until you are comfortable telling it to others.
  2. If you love someone, tell them, and tell them that God loves them, too.
  3. Share your organization’s core (faith) principles and stories of God’s amazing grace in your company on a “Who
    We Are” section of your company website (see https://www.trustbluereview.com/about-us as an example)
  4. Blog stories of faith – see https://www.trustbluereview.com/category/christian-business-spotlights/
  5. Add a Faith section in your company e-newsletter
  6. Populate social media with Biblical encouragements, mixed in quotes from inspirational leaders. Like our
    Christian Blue Network Facebook page and share our distinctively Christian content on your FB page.
  7. Take advantage of holidays like Easter (including Lent), Mother’s and Father’s Days, Memorial Day,
    Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to share the Good News on social media.
  8. Send birthday cards to clients that include a scriptural encouragement.
  9. Company Christmas parties – take time to share the birth of Christ story, or go caroling (see
    www.GoCaroling.com). Simply wish people “Merry Christmas”. God’s word never returns void.

Care (Demonstrate the love of Christ)

  1. Promote Christian causes in your organization’s print or e-newsletter
  2. Tell people “God bless you today” verbally, on voicemail, etc.
  3. Collaborate with ministries, other organizations, or individuals on faith-based community initiatives.
  4. Apply the Matthew 18 principle if have an issue with a brother or sister in the Lord, or anyone.
  5. Grow in understanding of faith/work/life balance – check out resources found at www.atworkonpurpose.org.

Wear (Indirect Witnessing Opportunities)

  1. “DO wear your faith on your sleeve” — view advertising as an opportunity to reach clients AND witness – include
    Christian symbols, scriptural references in print advertising, web, mobile, and broadcast advertising.
  2. Add a Faith statement or symbol on your business card, brochure (print and digital).
  3. Play Christian music in the background of your waiting room/lobby/office
  4. Place a Bible and other Christian material in your waiting room/lobby/office
  5. Offer Christian giveaway items at your trade show booth
  6. Wear Christian attire at events.
  7. As long as it is in good taste, put a Christian bumper sticker on your car (i.e. www.Upward.org)
  8. Advertise on (and play) Christian radio – many “flipping through dial” come to Christ through radio ministry.
  9. If you haven’t already, advertise in the Christian Blue Network (we’ll help shine your light and tell your story).

If you practice other ways to bring the Good News into your work world, I’d love to hear from you! connect@trustbluereview.com

Kidd & Urling LLC

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Contact Name: Thomas Kidd, Owner

Business Name: Kidd & Urling LLC

Business Address: 8913 Cincinnati-Dayton Road West Chester, OH 45069

Website: http://www.kiddurlinglaw.com

Business Phone: 513-733-3080

Business Description:
Kidd & Urling is dedicated to helping people pursue justice in the face of great challenges, whether these challenges come from large insurance companies, town hall, or abusive governmental officials. Today the firm is increasingly able to help those who find themselves in need of all different types of legal services.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I became aware of the importance of the law when following politics as a youth.  I saw the devastation of abortion, and knew that one reason abortion was legal was that Christians had abandoned the legal profession.  I knew that  shouldn’t be the case and that Christians, like myself, needed to return to this arena.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I became a Christian due to being faithfully raised in a Christian home where I was spared hypocrisy and saw the truth of a life faithfully lived.  This led me to not only have an intellectual acceptance of the Gospel, but a desire to fully, if imperfectly, live for Christ the King.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
My heroes of the faith are great men like Chuck Colson, Francis Schaeffer, Abraham Kuyper.  Men like these taught me that being a Christian affects all of life, including my life as an attorney.  Therefore, I strive to be an attorney who knows the law well; who cares for every client;  who takes on difficult, but just, matters;  and who does so as a man demonstrating Christian integrity.  To summarize, it is my hope that my faith impacts my work in the same manner that Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. “

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)  has been advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, freedom of speech, and marriage and family for over 25 years.  I have been able to volunteer with ADF several times over the course of my career to defend Christians who have suffered for their Christian convictions and actions.  In the coming years, it is all the more important that groups like ADF receive support from the Christian community.

STAR 93.3

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Contact Name: Jeff Evans, Director of Programming 

Business Name: STAR 93.3

Business Address: 6275 Collegevue PL. Cincinnati, OH. 45224

Website: https://star933.com/

Business Phone: 513-542-9259

Business Description:
STAR 93.3 plays Contemporary Christian music for the Tri-State. Our mission is to “encourage listeners into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I’ve been in radio since I was 15.  I was in mainstream radio in my home state of Texas for 25 years before moving into Christian radio. Originally I got into radio to be a “radio star!” However, I soon realized the power of radio and it’s ability to move people. I saw the power of a community coming together to help organizations like Children’s Miracle Network and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I found that the days I was helping raise funds for those amazing organizations were the most rewarding days I had in radio.

I felt God calling me to use my love for radio and the skills He has given me to serve Him. I began looking for jobs in Christian radio and somehow, through a crazy chain of events, ended up at STAR 93.3 in Cincinnati. There is no doubt that God orchestrated our move to the Tri-State. I love being able to encourage people every day though the programming on STAR 93.3!

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I always believed in God, but I didn’t realize I could have a personal relationship with Him until my early 20’s. My wife helped lead me to Christ.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Each person who works at STAR 93.3 has a strong faith. You have to have that in order to help point people to Christ. We are far from perfect, but are passionate about being here to encourage people 24/7. We look to God to lead us in everything we do as a ministry. We’ve been on the air in Cincinnati since 1961. We couldn’t have survived without letting God direct us.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We work closely with City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati. Each year, the Thursday before Thanksgiving, we have a one-day fundraiser for them on STAR 93.3.  They do amazing work in providing food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless while pointing people to Christ. The fundraiser is one of my favorite days of the year. I love seeing the community come together to support this ministry…especially at a time of the year that we are focused on giving thanks for our blessings.

Trust Plumbing & Home Services, LLC

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Contact Name: Troy Ketchen, Owner

Business Name: Trust Plumbing & Home Services, LLC

Business Address: 533 Flanders Ave. Brookville, OH 45309

Website: http://www.trustplumbingandhomeservices.com

Business Phone: 937-329-6534

Business Description:
Trust Plumbing and Home Services is a residential and commercial service plumbing company. With 20 years experience and a master license, we are able to provide solutions to most any plumbing issue and ensure that the job is completed properly and to code. Our services include the repair and installation of water lines, drain lines, gas lines, backflows, water heaters (tank and tankless), toilets, faucets, sump pumps, storage tanks, well pumps, water softeners, boilers, bathroom remodels and much more. We also offer drain and main sewer line cleaning and camera inspections. We are located in Brookville and serve all of the Dayton and surrounding areas and we are available for after hours and weekend emergency services.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
For as long as I can remember, I always knew that I wanted to be a business owner. I fell into the plumbing world as a young man, not knowing that it would turn into a career where my dreams would come to fruition. I am good with my hands and I love to problem solve, so plumbing  has ended up being the perfect fit for me as I am always being challenged with a new problem to solve. I am a people person- so I really enjoy helping and getting to know my customers.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I attended a public school system through the early elementary years. Some friends of mine attended Dayton Christian and I remember begging my parents to send me there because of some bad experiences I was having.  I started attending Dayton Christian in 5th grade and that’s where the Holy Spirit began working on me. I was saved in 6th grade. I am so thankful for the teachers that poured their lives into their students. It was the Christ-centered influences at that lead me to faith in Jesus.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Glorifying and honoring Him in all that I do is what He asks of me. I pray that I am humbly serving Him in all things, including turning wrenches.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
My wife and I work with the youth at church. I enjoy being with students and  I have a special place in my heart for wanting to lead them.

Fix-it Frank LLC

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Contact Name: Frank McAvinchey, Owner

Business Name: Fix-it Frank LLC

Business Address: 485 East Sharon Road, Glendale, Ohio 45246

Website: http://www.fixitfrankcincy.com

Business Phone: 513-382-6895

Business Description:
We are a family business dedicated to bringing excellent handyman, remodeling, and residential/commercial repair services to the Cincinnati area.  We handle anything from fixing windows, to completely gutting and remodeling houses, restaurants, etc. 

Some of our recent projects have been:  creating and installing window/patio door grids in a condo in Montgomery; repairing, upgrading, remodeling a 100 year-old house in Bond Hill, which has recently sold for a hefty profit; remodeling a 1959 ranch home in Blue Ash, which sold for a hefty sum; remodeling a home in Fairfield twp for a customer; gutting and remodeling a flooded basement in Fairfield twp; replacing drywall, finishing, priming and painting walls in a flood-damaged basement in Glendale; replacing a sump pump and adding in a water-powered backup, removing cabinets, installing backsplash and a rangehood in a kitchen in Monroe; installing a backsplash in a condo in Montgomery; installing flooring in a basement in Fairfield.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
Having owned a lawn care company, my clients were continually asking me to fix this, install that, beyond just lawn care.  After awhile, it became apparent that there was much more opportunity in the handyman business than lawn care.  For quite some time we juggled both, but at some point it made more sense to jettison the lawn care and go full-time into Fix-it Frank.  About three years ago we dove in, starting Fix-it Frank LLC.  We’ve not looked back.  It’s been great!

How did you come to faith in Christ?
In 1980, upon graduating from high school in Michigan, I found myself yearning for a real relationship with the Creator of the universe.  After some serious soul searching, I made a commitment to Christ in early 1981.  A little later in the year, I joined a missionary organization based in Oregon, moved there and spent 5 years as a missionary, and a migrant worker.  That migrant worker status opened up many opportunities to share the gospel with our southern neighbors, who were “visiting” our country. 

In 1986, the organization I was part of relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, and that’s how I ended up here.  On the verge of returning to Michigan, I met Sharon, and fell in love.  33 years, and 4 kids, later, I’m still here, plugged in to Vineyard Church Northwest in Colerain, Ohio.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I try to give my customers the best, friendliest, godliest service possible.  Is it always perfect?  Certainly not.  But, we strive to do our best, as unto the Lord.  We make every effort to treat our customers, and coworkers, the way we would want to be treated.  There’s always room for improvement, of course.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I’m a worshiper, as well as a Spanish-speaker, so my interests and heart are focused on those two topics.  I’ve been fortunate to have been the leader of a house church, worship leader for a Hispanic congregation, part of CHOP in Fairfield, and part of a worship team at VCNW.

Marketing Strength Metrics Assessment – A simple marketing tool to highlight gaps in your plan

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By Dimalanta Design Group

To say that everything feels a little uncertain right now with the current pandemic would be an understatement. Many business owners are on high alert. Now is the time to assess your marketing strengths and weaknesses to reassess strategies on how to best reach your target audience.

When we first start with a new client, we always start at the beginning by learning where there are gaps in their marketing plan. We use a simple marketing assessment tool called Marketing Strength Metrics that covers 5 areas of marketing that will help you determine very quickly where the biggest gaps are in your marketing.

5 areas of marketing to assess:

1. Branding

Taking a hard look at all areas of your brand from the logo to the messaging is a great place to start when assessing your marketing. Getting feedback from your target audience could also be a great way to determine how people view your brand image and if that matches the messaging.

2. Culture

Oftentimes we forget that company culture ties directly to marketing. If there are a lot of internal disagreements and disunity regarding the direction, vision, or mission, this will severely affect marketing. When all employees and departments in an organization are aligned with the company’s culture, the marketing plan is on the right path to being successful.

3. MarCom

MarCom is short for Marketing Communications, which is everything from design collateral, advertisements, PR strategy, social media, e-newsletters, or any promotional material. Knowing what makes your organization unique needs to match your brand strategy through MarCom.

4. Sales

Over and over again, we see that sales and marketing seem to clash and are typically not on the same page. Sales and marketing strategies should complement and support each other. Staying targeted together by moving in the same direction makes a marketing strategy much more successful.

5. Customer Service

Having exceptional customer service should be a key factor in your marketing strategy. Good customer service means over-delivering, responding timely, and being transparent if there are issues with products. Treat your customers as an individual by building trust and a relationship so they don’t feel like just a number.

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Answer the following and rate your organization on a scale of 0–10 with 10 being the best:

  • How confident are you in your organization’s brand? 
  • Is your organization’s culture aligned with your brand?
  • Does your MarCom match your brand strategies?
  • How are your sales? Do your sales activities coordinate with your marketing strategies?
  • How well do you deliver on customer service?

So, how did you score in these 5 areas? Hopefully, this will give you some insight into where the gaps are in your marketing strategies. Not sure where to start? Contact us at info@dimalantadesigngroup.com to get a free one-hour consultation from marketing expert, Ernie Dimalanta.

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D&L Termite & Pest Control Inc.

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Contact Name: Thaddaeus G. Laywell Sr., Owner

Business Name: D&L Termite & Pest Control Inc.

Business Address: 1223 Lagonda Avenue
Springfield, Ohio 45503

Website: http://www.dlpest.com

Business Phone: 937-322-2500

Business Description:
General pest & termite control on residential, commercial & industrial  properties.
General insects-spiders, roaches, fleas, slab ants, etc.  About 40 different creeping crawling insects.
We also treat for bed bugs, and all types of bees, wasps, hornets, etc.
Termite & other wood destroying insects.
We offer Wood destroying insect reports for property transfer-VA, FHA, & conventional.
We no longer offer animal trapping or removal.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My father started business in 1975,  With six brothers, there was not enough work for all of us so at 19 I went to work in the lawn care field for about 12 years. In 2000, I noticed the company was not doing well for many reasons. At that time only my brother Calvin was working for our dad. I asked my brother, if dad would sell the company to us, would he be alright with me coming back & running company. Our journey started April 1st 2000. We are now in our 21st year owning company together and working side by side. I give our Lord Jesus Christ all the credit for working this out for us. Our father was hard to work for and really didn’t think he would sell company to us, but timing was right-in God’s time.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
My mother is a true saint of God, she always tried to make us go to church when i was young, but during my teenage years I didn’t want anything to do with God. At age 30, after thinking I had the world where I wanted it-it all came crashing down-my marriage failed, lost my new home, car, etc. I left with what I could in the back of my 68 chevy truck after 9 years of marriage. My sons were 9 & 6 at the time. My mind was not good then and God started dealing with my soul & I got saved on July 6, 1998. I was still going thru my divorce at that time but God still helped me quit smoking on July 17, 1998, wasn’t long after that I knew I found something in Christ I never wanted to give up & to this day, I praise him for my salvation. Two years later, I was in business for myself, got custody of my two boys, I know I could not have done this on my own. Had to wait on the Lord for 12 years, but he gave me a wife of 9 years now-so blessed.

How does your faith in Jesus impact the way you do business?
Just as the bible says-do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is our motto. We let our faith speak for itself-trying to treat others as Christ would.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I am currently on the board at my church, I believe our youth are the future of the church and world so I would say my cause is to help in the youth ministry where I can. I organize a car show yearly with our proceeds going to help youth go to church camp, etc. I don’t see myself as a minister or teacher but willing to go where God leads me.

Polaris Family and Sport Chiropractic

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Contact Name: Randall Huffer, Owner

Business Address: 9383 south old state rd.

Website: http://polarischiropractors.com

Business Phone: 6148462225

Business Description:
Chiropractic care for back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, knee pain, foot pain, wrist and elbow pain, jaw pain,  car accidents, workers comp,, sports injuries, home injuries.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I was attending Washington University Medical School while I was injured in a weight lifting  accident. I was treated by many therapists and doctors who could not help me. However,, I was referred to a chiropractor who could help me, and I discovered all of the benefits of Chiropractic without the invasive treatments. I immediately transferred from med school to chiropractic school in St. Louis, Mo. It has been a perfect fit for me as I thoroughly enjoy  helping others restore their health and well being.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I was 15 years old in the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in high school when one of my coaches who was in charge of Young Life, a youth ministry, asked me and a bunch of my friends to go to camp in Colorado.  There for the first time I really understood that I was a sinner and needed a bigger Savior and I fully devoted my life to God. I am so thankful for His grace and mercy on my life!

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our purpose in the office is to glorify God by using Chiropractic to help as many patients and their families as possible toward optimal health through natural Chiropractic care. We see each individual patient that comes into our office as a special unique child of God. Therefore we want to deliver the best possible care to our patients as are ambassadors for our Lord Jesus Christ.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Our office has supported a young lady from Uganda Africa through a mission called “Food for the Poor.”  Also we have been very active with Young Life ( youth ministry) and the Christian Chiropractic Association for their commitment and passion to reach the world with the Gospel.

Finding Work-Life Balance in the Practice of Sabbath

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By: Dr. Andrew Spencer

Searching the phrase “work-life balance” produces an avalanche of results. The recommendations provided to create a work-life balance vary widely based on the author and the outlet of publication, but the popularity of the question shows that it is a significant problem for many people.

Among other mistaken predictions, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted an abbreviated work week as material prosperity increased. By 2030, he expected the average person’s work to consume as little as 15 hours per week. Despite our material prosperity, Americans continue to work long hours. Our work is stressing us out.

It may help to reexamine why we work. That will, in turn, help determine where the balance between work and the rest of our vocations should be.

The Problem: Over-Working

In 1970, economist Staffan Linder wrote The Harried Leisure Class in which he made the case that as cultures have largely defeated material poverty, they have only become busier. In industrialized societies, there often seems to be an inverse relationship between available leisure time and material wealth. This phenomenon has real social implications in the United States, as it reduces the sense of well-being and can often produce a sense of despair, even in households with a great deal of material wealth.

Linder argues that in “rich countries all slacks in the use of time have been eliminated, so far as is humanly possible. The attitude of time is dictated entirely by the commodity’s extreme scarcity.”

This poverty of leisure time has led to a focus on life hacks and time-saving tricks that can be helpful but often illustrate the poverty of time many experience. Left unchecked, our work can demand all our time and energy, leaving no room for rest. It can rob us of Sabbath. It can diminish our delight in God’s creation. 

The reaction to this strain is to look for a technological solution. We try to find an app, a widget, or a process that will help us do more with less. But technology can contribute to the problem rather than the cure. Daylight no longer limits the hours that productive labor can be done outside. Our cell phones make us accessible anytime and any day. The internet allows us to work at home—a great blessing during a pandemic, but it can erase the boundaries between our career and other parts of life. 

There are blessings that come with technology as it pushes back the effects of the Fall, as with the healing of diseases, but technology can also take blessings like work and turn them into something less. “Always on” technology can enable our work to become a master no less demanding than Pharaoh. In an attempt to overcome nature’s limitations, we may have allowed ourselves to be conquered. When the busyness of our careers drives us to forgo taking delight in God’s creation, our priorities need to be realigned.

The Solution: Sabbath Rest

Work is a gift from God. Creation was intended for humans to cultivate and keep the garden (Gen 2:15). This call to creativity, innovation, and diligence was not diminished by the Fall; it was made more difficult (Gen 3:17-19). Work is not a part of the curse, but it can become a curse if we fail to observe rhythms of work and rest, which can be seen through God’s gift of the Sabbath.

God gave humanity the Sabbath for our good. The Sabbath was not intended to be a barren duty, but a delightful rest. As Jesus tells the Pharisees, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) This is not a revision of the fourth commandment, but an explanation that when “the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Ex 20:11b), it was intended to be a blessing for humanity. The blessing of the Sabbath rest is even more explicit in Deuteronomy 5:12–15, since it roots the Sabbath rest in a memorial to Israel’s unjust toil while in slavery in Egypt.

There is no easy solution. Work-life balance will always be a give and take effort. There will be seasons when the demands of work crowd out our need for rest when we have an ox in a well (Luke 14:5). We must regularly return to Christ’s assurances that “Man shall not live by bread alone” (Matt 4:4), trust that we need not be anxious about our life (Matt 6:25-33), and pursue faithfulness in the vocations we have been given.

All of our efforts in life should be done “with a good will as to the Lord and not to man” (Eph 6:6b), which reminds us that we can only serve one master (Matt 6:24). The master we ought to be serving is the one that calls us to come to him as we labor and are heavy laden so that we can get rest (Matt 11:28). Only when we find our identity in Christ and our purpose is honoring him through our work will we gain rest from the relentless demands of our careers.

As Augustine wrote in his Confessions, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in you.”

Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org). The original article appears here.  

Should You Wear a Mask? A Modern-Day Corinthian Debate.

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By: Jacqueline Isaacs

Should you wear a mask or face-covering while returning to work and your regular activities?

While this seems like a question that should have a clear science-based answer, all it takes is a quick browse of your social media feeds to realize that well-meaning folks can disagree vehemently about how to answer the great mask debate.

As Christians, representing Christ and his kingdom, how should we respond? Do we wear masks when asked to do so? Or is it acceptable to assert our right to not wear a mask? As I contemplated this very modern challenge, I was reminded of a similar debate taking place in the first-century church in Corinth.

To Eat or Not to Eat the Meat?

The Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is a powerful treatise on how to live in Christ’s freedom while residing in a world bound by sin. We might call this “how to be in the world but not of the world,” or how to live in the “now, but not yet kingdom.” The new church growing up in the Greek city of Corinth had many questions for Paul about how to do this successfully.

One of their questions was about the eating of meat that had been sacrificed to idols in the local temples, a common practice in Corinth at the time. Some members of the church felt strongly that believers should not eat the meat because it would send a signal to the secular world that they are no different, and it might even tempt new believers to return to their old idolatrous practices. Other members felt strongly that it was acceptable to eat the meat because they knew the idols were not real gods and therefore eating the meat was not a problem.

Wouldn’t you think there was a clear answer to this question? The church members in Corinth certainly thought so. However, this was Paul’s answer:

…food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. (1 Cor 8:9).

Paul essentially says that the debate over eating the meat doesn’t matter. What matters is how your behavior impacts others for the sake of the gospel.

Free to Choose Self-Restraint

Anticipating some push-back on this answer, Paul shares an example based on his own ministry. In 1 Corinthians 9, he explains that as a professional apostle, he has a right to live off of the fruits of his labor, just like a soldier expects to be paid and a shepherd expects to be able to drink the milk of his flock. The churches he plants and tends are the fruits of his labors, and as such, he has a right to ask them to support his ministry financially. And yet, he and his peers chose to support themselves (by tent-making in Paul’s case) and not by taking a salary from the churches. Paul explains, saying:

But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. (1 Cor 9:12b)

This passage can be confusing for us today, as I’m sure it was for the original audience. Paul is NOT saying here that pastors and missionaries should not take salaries from their churches—quite the opposite. He is saying that they absolutely have the right to do so.

Paul is using his personal choice to forgo his rights for the sake of the gospel as an example for the people of Corinth. If he can forgo his right to a salary, then they could forgo their right to eat the meat sacrificed to idols if eating it would “hinder the gospel of Christ.”

Paul even uses the very language that he anticipates being used in opposition to prove his point, saying, “Don’t we have the right to food and drink?” (v. 4) and “Am I not free?” (v. 1)

Following Paul’s Example

We may not live in a world that regularly invites us to eat meat sacrificed to idols, but we are living in a world that is asking us to wear masks in some settings while many people feel strongly about their right to not wear a mask.

As representatives of the gospel of Christ, we should be quick to sacrifice our rights to things of secondary importance. Why is this the case? Paul explains that doing so brings glory to God and makes us more Christ-like:

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Cor 10:31-11:1)

There is no verse in the Bible that tells us whether or not we should wear masks in public. But there are a lot of verses that tell us to sacrifice our rights for the sake of the gospel of Christ.

So to borrow some language from Paul: wearing a mask does not bring us closer to God, so wear one if it makes you feel more comfortable or don’t wear one if you don’t think it will help. It’s your right. But be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not hinder your ability to share the gospel of Christ.

While there are certainly lines we cannot cross as we live out our faith, the debate over whether or not to wear a mask as we re-engage society is not one of them.

Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org). The original article appears here.  

Kent Smith Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.

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Contact Name: Kent Smith

Business Address: 1251 Kemper Meadow Drive, Suite 600, Cincinnati, OH 45240

Website: www.KentSmithAgency.com

Business Phone: (513) 825-4466

Business Description:
The Bottom Line: We are in the Insurance & Financial Services business…we work with people and businesses that know where they want to go and don’t want to have their dreams interrupted or derailed.

But it is more than that. Our customers want us to know and understand them.  We help them plan for their future, manage their risks, recover from the unexpected and help them realize their dreams.  If you have read this far, we want to assist you with your life’s financial decisions. Our staff’s diverse experiences allows us to be understanding of your individual needs. Most importantly, our office motto is built on mutual understanding, integrity and quality service.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
Actually, by accident I came to the insurance and financial services world.  As I told my wife one day, “I love what I do and it isn’t loving me back.” My daughter had some special needs for school and we needed flexibility in the day to be able to help her.  I was invited to change my career and I have never looked back because I learned that I can make a real difference in other people’s lives.  I wouldn’t say in the beginning it was easy but I did an “Emmaus Walk” and asked for help and I really needed to have faith.  I’m here 14 years later.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
My wife, Maureen, was very instrumental in getting me to go to church. She had a great Christian upbringing with a mother that went to church daily. Sometimes, I think they must have thought I was incorrigible, but she had faith in me and stuck with me. I took a Disciple Class about 22 years ago and that started me in a direction that I always wanted to with God. Not everybody is against religion. For myself, it was a constant seeking. I just needed a little help getting started.  I thank God she found me.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
You know that second commandment, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself?” Since I have changed my career, I have met a lot of people, and different people with different ideas. I have learned to listen and understand them. I try to bring up my Christian faith in the conversation and see where that goes. I found that it breaks down a lot of barriers when each knows the other is Christian. Even when I pick up that someone is not religious nor active in their faith, I still show them I care. I think it helps, and I am much more at ease especially when dealing with people when their lives are turned upside down for various reasons. I think I have the ability to “calm the storm” in a small way by talking with them or helping them find a solution. Whether it has been with someone dealing with a loss of a family member or a financial stress that could tear apart a marriage, for some reason, I think that I was sent to meet them to help in some way. I know when I go home late at night and I have to look in the mirror, I can say that I did the right thing.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
My Christian journey has allowed me to try different things. My wife and I were part of our leadership team at our church for several years, and we needed a reset. For those that have been there, you know what I mean. But it has allowed me to dive deeper into my faith, and right now I am leading/facilitating classes. Currently, I am leading classes on how others can develop small groups and try to make them sustainable, so that it can make their church more viable. The goal is to attract the “nones and dones” to church.

Human Injustice and Our Response as Christians

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It has been a very hard few months for our country and world.  The coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted our financial present and future, and brought fear into the hearts of people everywhere.  Now our entire country is suffering from the aftermath of yet another horrendous act of social injustice – the murder of George Floyd. Every human life is precious and created in the image of God, and deserves the right to be protected.

I have really struggled to find the words to say to the Christian Blue community regarding this situation, and address the re-opened wounds of human and racial injustice that plague our land.  It has made me both sad and angry – two emotions that I generally try to avoid.  But I am compelled to say something, trusting the guidance of the Holy Spirit here.  This situation affects us all.  We can no longer stand on the sidelines of injustice and inequality.  Not as Christians.  Not as brothers and sisters in Christ who hail from every nation, tribe, and tongue. 

My purpose here is to address the inhumane action of one man towards another that led to death.  I’m asking that you support our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are being affected by all this.  Unfortunately, the violent protesting and looting in the aftermath of this crime takes away from the critical message here – the voices of human and racial injustice that need to be heard. 

As a Christian, I believe that the church needs to take the lead, by “doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).  We cannot simply point the finger at the other guy.  We cannot change someone else’s heart.  But we can ask the Lord to “search me and know me, and test my anxious thoughts, and see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24). As much as it depends on me, I can choose to live at peace with all people.

Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [people] to do nothing.” We must do something – every believer in Christ must do something to stand up to human injustice, racism, and misuse of force by those in any positions of power.  We need to call sin a sin and stand united against it.  

God calls his children to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our neighbors desperately need us.  May we, God’s people, humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.  Then, as He did with Israel (in this 2 Chronicles 7:14 reference), God promises to hear from heaven, and forgive our sin, and heal our land.

In light of this, here are some action steps we can take as the body of Christ in response:

  1. Encourage your church leadership to begin the dialogue of race relations within the church body.
  2. Let your voice be heard in the judicial system by exercising your right to vote and embracing the summons of jury duty.
  3. Speak up against racist or derogatory comments made by others.
  4. Pray regularly that God in his mercy would heal the racial divide in the Church and our country.

Amen, come Lord Jesus.

Darrel Geis, President & CEO

Christian Blue Network

For more on the issue of race relations, see https://www.trustbluereview.com/have-compassion/

3 Essentials To Remember as You Go Back to Work

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By: John Pletcher

Are you certain you are ready to go back to work?

For many of us, the current season is full of great eagerness and anticipation. Perhaps you’ve been working from home, and now there is the potential of going back to the office soon. Perhaps you were furloughed over previous weeks, but now you are hearing the news of being called back. Some places it’s a reality; in others, it’s still a wishful hope. For everyone everywhere, great patience is still required.

Serious question: Are you sure you’re ready to go back to work? 

I know, you’re chomping at the bit. You are probably ready to throw yourself back into your labors with great gusto. And that’s good. Very good! After all, God made you in his image. He wired you for creative productivity. But hold your horses. Pause long enough to ponder. You see, it could be very easy—tempting even—to just plunge back in and go absolutely crazy, bonkers about your labors. You might jump onto the job floor and become utterly consumed, giddy drunk in your endeavors, and utterly overwhelmed with your to-dos.

Before you head back, don’t miss the opportunity to hit reset. With advanced thoughtfulness, you can actually return to your labors with a renewed and strengthened perspective. Consider these three essentials. (I bet you already know these, but it’s really good in times like these to recall essential truths you already know.) 

Remember Your Work is a Gift

When God created humans in his image, he supplied his blessing, including that initial call (often dubbed humanity’s cultural mandate) to “rule and to reign.” He also supplied those initial resources. “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth . . .” (Gen 1:27-31). These are serious gifts “from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). 

In Made to Matter: Devotions for Working Christians, Randy Kilgore reminds us: “It isn’t adoration or statues or even the satisfaction of a job well done that is God’s gift to His children. It’s the work itself!” Timothy Keller, in Every Good Endeavor, supplies motivation: “A biblical understanding of work energizes our desire to create value from the resources available to us. Recognizing the God who supplies our resources, and who gives us the privilege of joining in as cocultivators, helps us enter into our work with a relentless spirit of creativity.”

If we don’t remember our work is a gift as we return to the workplace, we are likely to grow arrogant and too quickly self-reliant. As a result, our creative energies will likely be less than their best.

Remember Your Work is Service to Others, to the Glory of God

This truth is a game-changer when it comes to our purpose and motivation. Under normal circumstances, we struggle to remember such vital truth. We stumble through our busy days with self-serving, push-harder, do-it-for-my-glory perspectives. But during these upcoming days of exciting work comebacks, such self-serving attitudes could be all the craftier and more deceptive. Important reminder: our work is not all about us.

With winsome strokes in The Integrated Life, Ken Eldred reminds us: “The real goal of business is to serve others to the glory of God.” If we are not careful, that pure, simple, life-giving goal could get lost in the dust of our crisis-time comebacks. Let’s re-enter our offices and marketplaces with God-given clarity and fervor. We are there to serve others, to help make God even more famous.

Remember the Importance of Rest

One potential upside for many people during this season of downtime has been exactly that: downtime. Rest. Rejuvenation. Sabbath.

This was God’s brilliant idea on day seven (Gen 2:1-3). The amount of rest many people have been forced to take might be the biggest block of do-nothing that they have experienced since childhood. Oh yes, most of us have rushed to fill the void or been forced to add other side hustles. But no one can disagree. There has been a marked change of pace in work patterns. Less rush. More family time. 

With our return to daily labors, there will be the temptation to ramp up, work harder, push more, and drive harder than ever to get ahead. Let’s make certain we do not lose sight of the sacred value of rest, those regular rhythms to which God our Creator called us. He saw the importance of a finish line each week, a holy stop, an intentional time to pause, to celebrate, and to rejuvenate. Let’s not lose sight of the importance of rest.

Remember that work is our Father’s gracious gift. Remember our divine purpose, to serve others for his glory. And remember to “call it a day.” He did.

As we remember these essentials, we are more likely to be truly ready to go back to work.

Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (www.tifwe.org). The original article appears here.