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From the Spring 2008 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

My Journey in the Workplace

by Ken Broussard
Senior Vice President and District Manager, KayBank Real Estate Capital

 

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Family Time

  Work is a very important aspect of my life, but I try to remember that love begins in my life at home. Family is one of my top priorities, and balancing family time with responsibilities at work, a couple of boards, mentoring, and preparation for teaching Sunday school is very challenging. Marriage and parenthood have provided a tremendous amount of joy and fulfillment in my life, and they have revealed how selfish I can be. Very often I have to set aside what I would like to do to help out around the house or with the kids’ homework, or run errands. If I am not careful, I can begin to resent having to do that and ultimately allow anger to settle in. I also observe that if I am not careful, I will speak to my family in a way I would never speak to a friend’s child or wife. Familiarity can breed contempt, but it doesn’t have to. A good friend once said that he didn’t know how angry he could be until he had his own children! On the list of seven deadly sins, the ones I have to guard against the most with my family are pride and anger. Guarding against pride helps me to continue to grow and admit when I am wrong; guarding against anger allows for the healthy development of friendships and character before God for all involved. In all these ways, I seek to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling in which [I] have been called” (Eph. 4:1).
  In raising our two girls, we have been very blessed by the book Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp. It encourages us not to focus on behavior modification, but to help our kids develop a heart with a God-ward orientation. When they sin, where do they turn? They must know they are sinners to know why they need Jesus. Discipline is intended ultimately to restore relationship (to God and the parent) when a child has been disobedient, not merely administer punishment. Discipline is intended not only to encourage the right behavior, but to shape the child’s heart. Isn’t that what our heavenly Father does with us? He doesn’t just want our good behavior (white-washed tombs, legalists), he wants a “heart of flesh” that longs for Him alone.

Stewardship

  Stewardship of all God gives me is another major priority, especially when it comes to financial resources. Those resources are made available to us for the building of His kingdom, not ours. His kingdom includes the needs of our family and the needs outside of our family that he puts on our heart. When financial resources increase, we need to be prepared ahead of time to hold them with an open hand, not a clinched fist. In The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn challenges us with the following: “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living but to raise my standard of giving.” I don’t think of it so much as me giving back to God as me determining how God wants me to give the resources He has entrusted to my care for the building of His kingdom. It’s kind of like God tells me what to do with His resources under my stewardship when our church needs to fund its work, when my family needs a home, when we need a car, when a poor family is in need of assistance, when a disaster strikes. In his song “Hold On To Jesus,” Steven Curtis Chapman writes, “I will hold loosely, to things that are fleeting, and hold on to Jesus, I will hold on to Jesus for life.”

Why Do We Do What We Do?

  Much encouragement is needed to continue the race to the end. So why do we do it, why do we continue? Certainly my work provides for my family, and that’s good. It allows us to share with those in need, and that’s good. We want to raise our girls to love and serve Jesus, because they will go out and do a lot of good things—and that is certainly good. I want to love Caroline so we will have a lasting marriage, and that is very good. While all those reasons are good and definitely motivational, are they the only reasons I do what I do? The Westminster Confession tells us, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Our motivation for all that we do is to bring glory to God. Jesus, in John 17, prays, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee.” Jesus’ life brought glory to God. In a similar way, I work to provide for my family. Why? Because that brings glory to God. We share out of our excess with those in need, to bring glory to God. I treat my employees the way that I do because it brings glory to God. We raise our girls earnestly praying that they love Jesus, so that they will go out and do a lot of good things, to bring glory to God.
  I must look beyond my actions and cherish the intended result that God will be glorified in what I do. We will not enjoy the fruit of our labor as we should if we fall short of knowing in our heads and our hearts that we do all that we do ultimately for the glory of God.
  So, press on. Don’t give up, so that we can all say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Confident that “He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ” (Phil 1:6). Filled with hope, “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; it is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:24). Don’t be weary long, and never give up! And we will know His joy now and forever. To God be the glory!


 

Ken Broussard is Senior Vice President and District Manager for KeyBank Real Estate Capital in the greater Washington, D.C., area. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in banking & finance and real estate. Ken’s involvement at the C.S. Lewis Institute includes being a Fellow in the inaugural Year I, II, and III classes, serving as a mentor for the Young Professional Men’s Fellows, and serving now as Vice Chairman of Ministry on the Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of the DC Building Industry Association, where he is co-Chair of the Capital Markets Committee. Ken is married to Caroline Chapman Broussard and they are blessed with two daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail. They are members of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

 
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