Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. — ROMANS 12:2
Formation is an important concept. It is essentially the action of forming or the process of being formed. And we are always being formed, whether we realize it or not. How we go about our day, what and who we listen to, read, spend time with, how we adapt at work – these are all forming us.
If we are to follow Jesus well at work and live in such a way that there is no gap between what we say we believe and what we do, we must be formed in the way of Jesus. We must step back and ask, “how are we being formed? And how do we experience formation in the way of Jesus, that we become more like him in all of life?”
Paying attention to our habits is key.
Habits are powerful formational tools, and even small daily shifts can make a significant difference in how we approach the day. Imagine the difference in a workday in which you enter the day filled with God’s love versus needing to find it in your day? What kind of effect would that have on your leadership, stability, creative thinking, risk, and relational attunement? It would be profound.
We also need habits to make us aware of God’s presence throughout the day. Jesus said that the key to a fruitful life is to abide with him – how do we do that in the busyness of a workday?
Consider experimenting with a daily liturgy, a process that helps you identify a specific habit to help maintain an awareness of God’s presence throughout the day. Here are a few ideas:
The point is that these are all intentional efforts to build a habit that forms you into a person who lives and works in God’s presence.
Think and Pray
As you continue your faith and work journey, don’t underestimate the formational power of small daily habits. If you’re looking for ideas on some intentional habits, I highly recommend https://www.thecommonrule.org/.
Father, how can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.
Ben Kirksey is the Chief Operating Officer for Workmatters and Director of Workmatters Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (2006, Economics and Political Science), and alumnus of Teach for America. He realized a passion for integrating faith and work while at Northstar Partnering Group (now Field Agent™) and subsequently co-founded the Workmatters Institute in 2010, joining Workmatters to lead the Institute full time in 2013.