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 Brandon Smith.
1) Where do you work? Give us an example of some of your responsibilities.
I work at Dominion Power as a Project Engineer designing/building new power stations. When I was working on designing our two new power stations, my main forte was optimizing the efficiency of the power station to lower the cost of electricity to Dominion customers. I would run a business model for different engineering design points and equipment options and then select what would be the best option for Dominion customers. Now that we are constructing the power station, I work on a team that manages the construction efforts.
2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
People. I really enjoy working with hundreds of different people throughout the year, asking a lot of questions, getting to the root of problems, and learning everything I can.
3) What’s the most spiritually difficult part of your job?
Being away from family. I struggle with being a spiritual leader for our family when I need to be out of town. Also, working construction is not the most spiritually uplifting environment and at times corrosive.
4) How have you tried to proclaim or adorn the gospel at work?
Yes! The gospel in the construction industry (at least in my experience) is mocked more often than not. However, just through casual conversations, many of these conversations circle back to Him. I’ve had countless conversations over the last 2 years about what He’s done in my life, and there has even been a few individuals that have come back to ask more questions, seek guidance, and even ask to read the Bible with me! Other conversations have opened the doors to meet other Christians that have ended up being huge blessings in the form of prayer groups, accountability, and mentors.
5) How can we pray for and support you in the work God has set before you?
God has revealed to me the fact that He wants me to work from Richmond more than I am right now, so I can have more time to build more valuable relationships in Richmond and devote more time to being a spiritual leader for our family. I could use prayer for: a career path/opportunity that allows me to be home most (if not, every) night, a heart of humility, a desire to please Him instead of my bank account, and wisdom to enhance my leadership for our family. More importantly, you can pray for me by praying for my wife, Erin. She is my best friend and the best wife and mom that I could have ever dreamed. Please pray for endurance and patience for Erin as she manages our home and family whenever I need to go out of town.
Brandon, you get serious man points for being the first guy to find a way to honor your wife in answering these questions. May God give you even more opportunities to share Jesus with your coworkers.