The Law and Faith – Part 1
6 years ago the minister of my church asked me a question that had a big effect on my law practice. He asked “What do you have faith in?” I asked him: “Do you mean about God?“ He said he was not asking about God, the bible or anything religious. He continued “We have faith about everything in our lives, about who we are, who our children and significant others are, about every aspect of our lives. And, whether we are conscious of them or not, these beliefs shape and form our understanding of life.”
As I rolled his question around in my mind, it got me thinking about work. What do I have faith in about the people I work with, my clients, and my work? Faith is an interesting word. It’s commonly used in a religious setting or when someone has been unfaithful. Regardless if one is Christian, Muslim, atheist or agnostic we all live according to our own faith: a set of beliefs that come from innumerable sources.
Our faith is really the construct through which we see the world. We often don’t see it operating. We take how we understand someone or something as a fact because it’s how we see it. It’s just how it is. Yet under the surface faith, our beliefs, is constantly shaping our experience. It’s not so much changing the person or thing we are looking at as it is changing how we are experiencing it — which turns out to be about the same thing.
This faith operating system is powerfully ever-present, and yet often invisible in how it’s shaping the way I see and experience my practice of law. The better I understand my faith operating system about work, the more I realize which beliefs are consistent and which are inconsistent with what I want work to be and what I know it can be for me.
What is your faith about work?