Creating community in work
From a video by Faith Driven Entrepreneur
Jeff loves to be around people and so he chose to work in the restaurant business instead of a desk job. Jeff uses his gift and passion for business and people to glorify God in the three restaurants he owns. He feels called to be a missionary in his own back yard. Jeff traded in a desk job to minister to his customers.
"As I started working in the restaurant business, being around people and not being in a cubicle or anything else of that nature, I really enjoyed it. And I said, 'This restaurant business is kind of fun.'.
"For me, my purpose in life is to glorify God, to know Him, and to make Him known. My strength, I think, is being able to have conversations with folks and I have three Chick-fil-A restaurants and they're each different concepts, but the one thing they have in common is people. Most of the time, when I meet someone new, the first thing I'm going to think of is, 'I wonder if this guy is a believer? What's he been through today?'
"Everybody has a story. Here's a gentleman over here, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, what if he had something over his head that you could read what he went through last week or yesterday, what it was something really bad and you can sit down and share the gospel with him if he needed that? But if he was a believer, what if he just needed encouragement?
"Every customer that comes through that door, I believe God sent him to me. Scripture tells us that we were created to worship and one way to worship is going to work, going to work every day and doing the best you can. Selecting people to surround you, to lift up the name of the Lord in this business as we make a difference in people's lives. When that guest walks in the door, we're able to interact with them and maybe they had a bad day. It gives us the chance to make them happy.
"I feel like I'm in a ministry every day. I was called to be a missionary in my own backyard."
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