What You Do – Does it Really Make a Difference?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978).
“…the craftsmen (workers, smiths, carpenters) are coming to terrify them, to cast out the horns of the nations that lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.” Zechariah 1:20.
Workers make a huge difference to the economy that supports a nation. They are the craftsmen/women who dehorn the enemy of ignorance, poverty and abuse in families, communities, institutions and the nation as a whole. They serve, create and champion change through their craft; thereby creating wealth, health and liberty for people and the economy. They promote compassion and justice. Every worker is a cog in the wheel that keeps the whole system ticking over and working efficiently. Each minute role is significant and relevant to the sum of the whole.
Theresa May is a craftswoman but she needs each player in her family, her cabinet, her networks and in the economy to ensure that she is successful. They empower and embolden her to stand up and to make a stand on the global platform.
Same for us! The work we do makes an enormous difference in our circle of influence and in our seemingly little or big world. It has a knock on effect on the next person, the neighbour, the department, the organisation and the nation. Have you thought about that?
Maybe you need to take stock. What difference do you make in your sphere of influence? What do you do that adds value to the life of others? Does it add value to the organisation you work for? Does it add value to society and the national economy? Does it add value to the Kingdom of God? Why not think about it and assess your priorities?
So how do we at TWUK make a difference?
We seek to educate, empower and encourage every worker in the nation through Christian Workplace Groups (CWG) to work with such vision and reverence that their light shines for all to see and makes a significant impact on those around them.
In a nutshell, our aim is to inspire Christians to transform their workplace and the nation through the presence and activities of CWGs. Through living out their faith, CWGs are to be a positive presence in all workplaces, bringing benefits to the organisation and all the people who work within them. By so doing, the workforce and the nation is transformed.
We believe that the values of God’s Kingdom – virtue, peace and joy - that are resident in the heart and life of every Christian worker and therefore CWG, should permeate every organisation and the whole nation so that all can live quiet, dignified and godly lives. This is God’s ideal.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority (organisations/institutions), that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
TWUK encourages Christians in the workplace through CWGs to love, worship and serve God wholeheartedly with their work; and to demonstrate love for others by engaging with the great diversity of people that make up the workforce with all their difference through works of justice and compassion. We support the movers and shakers in the nation who are making a difference to the well-being of our society right where they are
We provide a range of resources to encourage Christians to join, start or grow a CWG by having personal contact with and if necessary, visits from a TWUK ambassador. We work with you to arrange relevant local networking events. We also provide an interactive database of existing CWGs in the nation. ?Our website provides useful information on how to start, develop and grow a CWG.
TWUK has a monthly eNewsletter which we send out to showcase our latest resources and good news articles from other CWGs and TWUK events across the UK. It is a good way to keep in contact and share what is happening. TWUK is also on Twitter and Facebook.
Now, if you have not already connected with us, we hope this is sufficient information to encourage you to do so. We would love to hear from you so we can help you to be all that you can be as a craftsperson/worker by being part of a Christian Workplace Group in your organisation.