Do you believe me, or do you buy into the greatest lie ever told?
“Holiness is not possible…is the greatest lie that we tell ourselves.” – Matthew Kelly, renowned Catholic public speaker, Dynamic Catholic
I thought this to be an appropriate quote to share for the second of three days in meeting the Three Day Quote Challenge offered to me by Melanie Jean Juneau of Joy of Nine9. Thanks Melanie for this challenge. I am having a lot of fun with it, addressing the virtue of piety that begins at home (day 1’s post), moves to the workplace (today’s post) and permeates throughout society (tomorrow’s post).
The rules of this challenge:
- Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
- Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
It was just yesterday, that I was listening to Matthew Kelly’s audio broadcast, Faith at Work and the Holy Moment, courtesy of Dynamic Catholic. In this talk, Mr. Kelly challenges the negative bias about maintaining ethics in the workplace. He states that when we embody ethical behavior in the workplace, we multiply positive energy with a rippling effect on others. Be honest in your dealings and you will be perceived as trustworthy, while inspiring others to be the same way. Place the long-term interest of the common good ahead of short term gains and you will perceived as be noble (magnanimous), generous and kind; again inspiring others to follow suit. Your actions will inspire others to embrace holiness.
So, how do we specifically take action to bring holiness into the workplace for all to see? Matthew Kelly has the solution:
“Create a holy moment by being the person God created you to be, and doing what you believe God is calling you to do.” – Matthew Kelly
Mr. Kelly reminds us that even the saints in Heaven did not maintain a constant life of holiness; but they had moments, that when strung together resulted in a holy life.
So here is your challenge for today:
- Start by making one ethical decision in accordance with how God would want you to act and carry through on it.
- Select another ethical decision and repeat the process.
- Make your own string of holy moments in the workplace.
- Embrace holiness in the workplace via your thoughts, actions and words.
Today I am tagging the following bloggers to participate in this challenge by picking their own topics and post three quotes over the next three days:
- Jeannie Ewing from Love Alone Creates
- Jeff Marlett from Spiritual Diabetes
- Emily Davis from Our Home, Mary’s Mantle