“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11, 13, NIV)

As a project manager/estimator in the construction industry, it was my job to develop relationships with various general contractors, prepare quantity surveys, develop budget pricing and proposals, and follow-up with various professionals to secure new business. The job entailed an enormous amount of communication within the office and with outside sources such as suppliers, subcontractors, architects, and developers. The goal was to secure enough profitable work to cover all expenses, plus to put a little money in the bank when the job was complete.

My goal was to secure 30% of the bids I prepared. Ironically, that meant that 70% of the jobs I bid were awarded to other contractors. Anyone could drop the price to get the work – the secret was to secure the work and to make a profit! Success was totally dependent upon the relationships that were developed. Success wasn’t about bidding work for less money. It was all about relationships!

Thirty percent may not seem like a great “closing” rate, but think of all the people who I was able to talk to – and listen to – throughout the day.

  • The sales clerk at my material supplier’s office who was going through a divorce
  • The project manager for the general contractor who was addicted to pornography
  • The developer that was cheating on his wife
  • My co-worker who just needed someone to listen

Relationships. Our work is designed for relationships. Our relationships with each other bring us closer together, and they bring us closer to Christ. Our relationship with Christ Jesus gives us the strength to be successful in all things.

Our worth doesn’t come from our job titles. It doesn’t come from securing more work. It doesn’t come from making more sales, or flipping more burgers. Our worth comes from something greater. It comes from being a child of God. Our worth isn’t about us at all! It’s all about our relationship with our Savior.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”.

“Working for Christ”


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  1. Lyn Leahz Says:

    You always write such wonderful posts! Amen and thank you! BTW, the Lord gave me a word to share with everyone yesterday, I don’t know if you have read it or not yet God bless you!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥


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