Al Braca worked on the 105th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center. He worked for a company whose tremendous loss of life was one of the first stories reported in the aftermath of Sept. 11. The company was Cantor Fitzgerald, and Al was one of their corporate bond traders. Al Braca was also a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. In the Focus on The Family magazine article we learn that Al really did not like his job. In the article it stated, “It was a world so completely out of touch with his Christian values. But he wouldn’t quit. He was convinced that God wanted him to stay there, to be a light in the darkness.”
The article also indicated that his co-workers often mocked him for his beliefs, but when there was a personal problem, those same co-workers came to Al for prayer and counsel. Al’s body was one of the many found in the rubble of Tower One. And after that discovery, reports began to trickle in from various sources that some people on the 105th floor made “a last call or sent a final e-mail to a loved one saying that “a man” was leading people in prayer. A few referred to Al by name.” The article goes on to say, “When he realized that they were all trapped in the building and would not be able to escape, Al shared the gospel with a group of 50 co-workers and led them in prayer.”
Al came to faith in Christ through the trying circumstances of his daughter Christina’s illness, a rare blood disease. She was miraculously healed. She was 4 at the time. On Sept. 11, 2001 Christina, age 28, waited with her family on word about her father. Al Braca knew that he was important to God. He believed that God had a purpose for him on the 105th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center working for Cantor Fitzgerald. And he found significance and importance, not in the money he made, but in life that Christ had given him.
Al found a way to integrate his faith into his work, turning his work into a Christian vocation. Along the way he built a good name for himself. As it says in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
In Rev. Robert Lewis’ study called “Men’s Fraternity: Winning at Home and at Work” he shares some insights how you can build a good name for yourself through turning your work into a Christian vocation. First, decide to be good. Simply cherish doing the right thing. Be responsive to others. Listen to people and their needs, both in work and in their personal lives. Be an encourager and a team player. Be honest. Every workplace needs more people that everyone knows will tell the truth, even if it might be costly. Be sexually pure. In our sexually charged culture the last thing people need to see is another Christian compromise their sexual integrity, and often their marriage in the process.
The benefits to choosing such a work life of integrity include admiration, influence, the chance to mentor others, the chance to honor God through your work, and a deep sense of personal satisfaction that this important aspect of your life, your daily work, brings meaning and purpose to your life. King Solomon wrote, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1).
What kind of reputation do you have in your work place? If you are not sure is there someone you trust that can give you an honest answer? If there is no one you trust then perhaps you need to take a closer look at the person you are at work? Can the people you work with tell if you are a Christian by the way you work? Which of the five characteristics of a Christian at work listed above do you best model? Which is your weakest?
So much of our lives will be lived at work. Let us decide to live our work lives to the glory of God!
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