David Smith's wife
led him to the Lord after he met her in a hospital when she was a
gentleman on the North Side of Chicago got David his first job in a
neighborhood feed store
"Work is so
essential and it's a gift from the Lord, and has a lot more to do
than not just about money"
David helps school
systems find leaders and helps private institutions with their
"I learned early on
that learning was a gift and work was a gift"
David was a history
and social science teacher in high school in both Christian and
public schools, and ended up as a public school superintendent
In retirement he
has kept busy in activities related to his career
Living out his
faith through work in education for David has included encouraging
There are voices
for Christians now to withdraw
"I want parents to
have the resources to make the best choice for them" when it comes
to educating their children
"Guys tend to form
alliances more than friendships, it's toxic in a lot of ways"
"There should be
some people in your life that you should be close to"
masculinity shows a warmth and lovingness"
"You have to earn
the right to be candid...if you're messing up someone who really
cares about you is going to share with you"
"A friend is a
person with whom one can be sincere" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
individuals we're close to that make life worth living"
"A friend is one of
the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can
"It's not about
"The answer to
'who's got your back' is the one whose back you've got"
"Are you a host or
a guest" when you walk in a room?
"I learn that when
I listen to someone, not only am I learning, it shows respect"
We have 4
communication skills, reading, writing, and speaking but we don't
focus enough on listening
"Women are more
holistic, they look at the total person..women don't have these
macho expectations, they're more attentive to the
relationship...there's a covenant...that I value you and I care for
Jefferson and Adams
reached out to each other late in life to make amends, most guys
don't do that
"The concept of
total independence leads to loneliness and sadness...and an earlier
Break 2: 41:04
of a friendship include listening, self-disclosure, compromise,
The Bible is filled
with wonderful stories of how people relate to each other and how
we should do the same
Male and female
friendships tend to be male dominated, and often the man wants the
friendship to end up in the bedroom
are with the same gender
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About the Podcast
Inspiring, authentic stories of everyday Christian men with a variety of occupations, all living out their faith through their work. By doing so they're leading, prospering, glorifying God, and finding joy and purpose in their work and you can too.
Have you bought into the lie that your work has no real significance or meaning beyond a paycheck? How about the lie that the time you spend working is not kingdom work and not part of God's plan unless you're a full-time pastor or missionary or you're volunteering at your local church? The Devil is thrilled when you spend your work day feeling like the work you do is somehow second class spiritually. In this podcast I interview Christian men who have made a simple choice, regardless of what particular denomination their church is a part of and regardless of their job title. That simple choice is to invite the Holy Spirit to lead them at their job and in so doing to surrender their work, the biggest part of their life in terms of time, to God. The various reasons why they've made that choice may be different for every man but I believe there are two primary common reasons. The first is they know both from scripture and from a feeling deep down inside that this is God's will for them. The second reason is they know that this is the only chance they have of having a job and a career that really means something beyond simply earning money. This is the one and only way to have a sense of joy and purpose in the work they do. What kind of work they do and whether their work lines up well with their desires, talents, and strengths are both important, but they pale in comparison to whether or not God is in their work. God must be at the center of your work or your work truly will be the necessary evil the world and the Devil wants you to believe it is. The men I interview don't have it all figured out (none of us do!) and I encourage them to be real and transparent about both the victories and struggles of their journey of being Spirit led at their work. Hopefully, in this way, you'll find someone and something in every episode that you can relate to and through which God can help guide you to be closer to Him and more fulfilled and joyful in your daily worklife. Your work can truly be marketplace ministry and much more