Being a Christian isn’t about what we do on Sunday morning. It’s about how we do all of life.
That’s why the focus of our annual Men’s Retreat this fall is on the gospel and work. In preparation for the retreat, I’ve asked different men in the church to explain how their faith in God changes the way they work. This week we’ll hear from Brad Bishop.
1) Where do you work? Give us an example of some of your responsibilities
I am a Customer Service Engineer for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. My overriding responsibility is to make sure the chemistry analyzers at my hospital accounts are performing up to demanding standards – 24/7/365. This involves everything from fixing customers, servo motors, vacuum pumps, metering pumps, air compressors, photometers, and all kinds of electrical and electronics. Most importantly, my responsibility is to ensure that when a physician looks at the test results for a patient, they are seeing accurate information to diagnose and treat that patient, whether its a heart attack, stroke, trauma, drug overdose, etc.
2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love the challenge of facing and resolving different technical problems on a daily basis.
3) What’s the most spiritually difficult part of your job?
Never knowing when I will be working, such as getting that call at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon and being gone half the night. My reactions to that can be, well, sinful, at times.
4) How have you tried to proclaim or adorn the gospel at work?
I think the primary proclamation comes from the way you serve the customer. Having a servant attitude about your work leads to relationships with the customers that you serve. That leads to opportunity to know their lives and situations and be able to offer hope, prayer and encouragement. I love to share what my family is doing, because God is always at work in our lives. God allows us to tell His story through our lives.
5) How can we pray for and support you in the work God has set before you?
Thankfulness for the job that I have – praying for patience and that I will have (and make) the time to do what God has for me.