A Christian Man at Work with Dave Hilgendorf-CMAW040

Replay of “Real Men Connect” Podcast Interview, used with permission
What You’ll Hear:
  • Dave grew up in a home with a loving family that faithfully went to church every Sunday, but faith was considered a private matter
  • In College Dave continued to go to church but led a sinful lifestyle
  • He got a great job as an engineer at General Mills, but wasn’t satisfied with his job or relationships and quit his job to try and get rich quick in real estate flipping homes
  • 8 years later Dave hit a low point, divorced and broke, and was invited to a church where he met Kari.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, married Kari, adopted her 2 girls, declared bankruptcy and began a new job as an engineer again
  • He struggled with what it meant to live out his faith through his work
  • The book “God has a dream for you” by Bill Godwin inspired him to write the book “Jesus is at Work”
  • Most people don’t think of their work in spiritual terms but instead just as a way to make money
  • Going to college with a habit of not talking about and thinking about God’s will for his life was not good
  • Having joy at work starts with being close to God and reminding yourself of your true purpose
  • Joy is a consistent attitude of gratitude and is different than happiness which fluctuates daily
  • God values work, one of the first things He did with Adam and Eve was to give them work
  • It’s not up to us to decide whether or not our work matters, it’s up to God
  • Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller says common grace is God blessing everybody, sinner and saint. No matter what work you do you are part of God’s common grace to mankind
  • God’s purpose for our life and our work is for us to love Him and love others
  • We should bring our faith and our life into every part of our life
  • God’s assignment is specific things God wants us to do in our work
  • His general assignment for our work is the same for all of us, including excelling, loving others, having integrity, sharing the good news
  • God is not going to be mad at us if we don’t do these assignments, but if we do them we will have the abundant life He wants for us
  • We should avoid comparing ourselves to others at work because this can lead to both envy and judgment
  • If we focus too much on our hobbies or our retirement it can prevent us from being present at our work and miss opportunities God has for us at our job
  • We should be positive about our work when we can and when we are feeling negative try to keep our mouth shut
  • If you’re stuck between a job and a dream, take steps in that direction but don’t step off the boat until you’re at the dock
  • We should let God be our promoter by trusting in Him rather than trying to make something happen, be patient.  The test is after the fact whether you can sincerely that what happened was from God
  • Biggest mistake was going bankrupt
  • The one attitude I would change in men with their work is apathy
  • Next big thing if couldn’t fail would be to write a high impact fiction book
  • Greatest force in the universe is a man’s sex drive, God did that for a reason, if we channel that energy within the boundaries God gave us we will be blessed and not cursed
  • Still struggle with sadness/discontent/being judgmental

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Reweave Shalom with Hugh Whelchel – CMAW 025

What You’ll Hear:
  • Hugh always remembers knowing the saving grace of Jesus Christ
  • Worked in the environmental industry, owned a construction company, worked in the IT industry
  • Then ran a seminary in Wash DC for 7 years before starting the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics
  • Hugh put himself through college as a pilot with a crop dusting business, including wrecking 2 airplanes
  • Hugh remembers “I really began to wonder, why doesn’t God care what I do every day”
  • “Martin Luther said ‘the work of the milkmaid is just as important as the work of the priest'”
  • He got a degree at seminary and did his masters thesis on Faith and Work
  • “There’s intrinsic value in the things you do everyday”
  • They had 2 million unique visitors to the tifew.org website in 2017, have 40-50,000 people look at the blog every
  • The 2 great lies you’ve been told are 1. You can be anything you want to be and 2. You can be the best in the world
  • The parable of the talents is all about the biblical meaning of success
  • “Everything is spiritual, there is no secular for the Christian”
  • “All we have to do is faithfully work as hard as we can at what God’s called us to do using the resources God has given us…we’ll all hear ‘well done good and faithful servant'”
  • “I’m living in the covenant and the covenant has responsibilities…that’s something I want to do because of my love for Christ and because of what He’s done for me”
  • “Work is not part of the curse, but work is cursed because of sin”
  • “This side of heaven there are no perfect jobs”
  • “Calling is a more overarching thing that really comes out of who God has made you to be”, not a particular job
  • Hebrews 12:1-2 is my life verse – “God equipped me to be a teacher, to help people to be successful”
  • In “The Call” by Os Guiness, our primary calling is to be a disciple of Christ, but we have secondary calls where we work out our salvation in 4 buckets to Family, Church, Community and Vocation. This work serves to glorify God, serve the common good, and further God’s Kingdom.
  • Shalom is a biblical Old Testament concept of flourishing.  We are to subdue the earth and fill it with God’s images, but also to bring flourishing to God’s creation
  • The best thing you can do to share the Gospel is to do your job well
  • Suggestions for maximizing your commute: listen to something other than the radio, it’s designed to drag you down.  Listen to scripture.  Listen to positive podcasts.  Listen to books from Audible.com.
  • “We don’t realize the incredible opportunity that God has given us…to change the world through our work”
  • “Almost every single good thing that’s been done in the last 2000 years has been done by Christians…in the last 100 years we in the church have completely forgotten about that”
  • Learn more at www.tifwe.org

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Military and Mentorship with Mike Westrich – CMAW 023

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What You’ll Hear:
  • Mike was baptized in the Catholic church as an infant.  In college his faith was re-invigorated after attending non-Catholic Christian churches
  • He attended Miami University of Ohio and joined ROTC to help pay for college.  After college he went to intelligence school
  • His scariest moment in the military was when he was in Iraq the 2nd time.  A large rocket landed 100 ft away from him.  At least a dozen were killed.  If you don’t hear rockets or artillery you know you’re in trouble.
  • Mike’s most proud and most difficult moment was when he was on a team that introduced the MC12 bi-plane – they went through the form/storm/norm/perform process
  • For the last 5 years, he’s worked for Caterpillar with sellers of their supplies in Supply Chain
  • There is more camaraderie in the military, but in the private sector there is more freedom
  • Living out his faith in the corporate world can be challenging.  His approach has been to be friends with colleagues first.  Once they get to know you and trust you, opportunities come up to share your faith.
  • The acronym JOY has helped Mike. Focus on Jesus, then others, and finally yourself.  Bad times happen if we focus inwardly and on our own self-interests.
  • Our military is still the best in the world.  Limitations are on aging infrastructure.
  • The military, like any organization, can be too politicized, but our military is one of the best institutions in the US.
  • Mike wrote a lot in college and over the years, and recently finished a draft of a fiction novel called Cornerstone.
  • It involves a convention of citizens meeting to fix their government.  It gives a lot of history and is wrapped around a love story taking place in 10th Century England.  It’s part of a trilogy.  The first book is mostly about male spirituality.
  • It started after Mike got involved with Convention of States, an organization that wants to use Article 5 of the Constitution to reduce the size of the federal government.
  • To decide what to do with your life, think about what is your passion, what motivates you, what are you good at, rely on others to help you, try to know yourself.
  • Try to find a mentor to help you navigate where you want to go.  Be willing to learn.
  • You may have to pursue some of your passions, interests, and purpose outside of your full-time job, and that’s OK.
  • Write it down, pray about it, talk to people who will give you honest, constructive feedback.
  • He has several mentors in different industries.  Your church is a good place to find a mentor.  Ask your boss at work if there is a mentorship program.  Also professional organizations.
  • Prioritize and budget your time.  Write down how you spend your time each day.
  • The greatest misunderstanding men have about their work is what work is for.
  • The goal of your work is to glorify God.  Use the opportunity to form relationships with people.  When you have a chance, share your faith.
  • We’re all called to love one another.  My faith keeps me honest and accountable.
  • One way to maximize your commute time is to hold meetings.  He tries to unwind and listen to Christian music.
  • Life verse is the prodigal son story in Luke 15.  Fatherhood is so important.
  • Check out www.conventionofstates.com
  • Contact mikewestrich@hotmail.com
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Are You Putting on the Armor of God at Work? – TGIM!

Are You Puttingn On the Armor of God at Work? - Photo Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Are You Puttingn On the Armor of God at Work? – Photo Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you want to prepare yourself for work today and this week like a warrior going to battle, put on the whole armor of God by reciting this verse as you’re walking from your car to the front door of your job and living it out:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” – Ephesians 6:10-17 (NKJV)
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