More than a Cog in the Machine

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This is the 3rd Interview for A Series of Stories Exploring Black and Brown Perspectives on Work and its Worth.

When Ricardo tells me, “I don’t need a pulpit at work because everywhere is the pulpit,” I’m inclined to believe him. He’s the only person I know that can use chicken and the gospel in a sentence that makes sense. Okay, maybe not the only person, but this is exactly what happened the day I met him.

I’ve always known him to be a people person. He doesn’t just talk about the gospel but he is genuinely interested in people’s lives and their well-being. I’ve seen this care be an even more compelling witness.

Q: When you think of work, what comes to mind?

RICARDO: I think of earned income; needing money to provide for my family and purchase things but I primarily think of work as an opportunity for influence or impact for the Kingdom. I’m thankful that most of the roles I’ve worked in allowed me to interact with people from many different walks of life.

Q: How have you navigated being a believer at work?

RICARDO: Being a believer in the workplace will always be a challenge. I have to use wisdom in the way that I speak about Christ. I realize that God has gifted me with the ability to reach people by way of my personality and approach. I’m always open to having conversations that lead to more conversations. At other times, even though I may not open a bible or take someone out to coffee, they’ll see Christ in the way that I operate and that may give me opportunities in the future. One of the things that I live by is that even if someone doesn’t want to believe, at least they know someone who does.

Q: Early 2018 through early 2019 was a fairly tumultuous year for you. Could you tell me a little bit about it?

RICARDO: Let’s dub that the year of the mountains and valleys…

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