Do women have value in the workplace if they never break through the glass ceiling?
One of the lies that women have believed over time is that they have to somehow have to have it all. According to T.J. Tison, we need to end the unrealistic and untrue expectations of culture’s view of women at work. She is on a mission to set weary women free, win at work, and soar in faith.
“You can have it all, but not at the same time. The other side of that is God’s already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. God is not limited by a glass ceiling, a closed door, or an H.R. policy – He’s beyond all of that.”
She encourages women to change their perspectives and recognize God’s unique plans and purposes for their lives at work.
“Your work can be a form of worship and it is a form of worship when you view it the right way. It doesn’t matter what position you hold; there’s purpose beyond that paycheck and there’s purpose beyond that position. That’s how we need to view our work, which ultimately brings glory to God.”
Your work is more than just a steady paycheck or something to keep you busy. Your work is your mission field.
“Doing work for God’s kingdom is not relegated to the four walls of your church, or to a missionary over in Africa. Where God has called you; where God has placed you is your mission field. We used to talk to our kids about this when they were growing up that, your school is your mission field.”
T.J. explains the value of praying before going out into your mission field.
“Praying for your coworkers and praying before you go in the doors. Understanding that God is with you when you go into that workplace, no matter what that workplace looks like. That He has you there on that day for a purpose and that you just want to surrender to Him and be open to whatever He does and however He leads in that day.”
“If you go into your work with that kind of mindset instead of, ‘I don’t want to be here. I have this huge project due and my boss is coming down on me. There’s too much drama in the workplace.’ You can see where that mindset is almost defeating before you walk through the doors. That’s not how God wants us to spend 40 or 50 hours of our week.”
Tenaya (T.J.) Tison is a business leader and entrepreneur with a proven track record as a strategic adviser and change agent within the small business sector. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Working Women of Faith, a non-profit organization that exists to equip and encourage women of faith to live out their calling in the workplace to the glory of God.Christian women in the workplace